Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for September 30, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:40 PM GMT on September 30, 2005

TGIF!

Ok, seeing as how I pretty much used up all of my blog topics for the week after yesterday's update, I don't have much to write about today, except that I had a great time at the Brewers game yesterday with free burgers, brats, cookies and beer and a 2-0 victory! I was a little surprised that only 27,008 people showed up, meaning that over 16,000 people who ordered free tickets to the game dressed up as empty seats. As long as the Brewers don't get swept this weekend by Pittsburgh, they will be .500 or better for the first time since 1992! Three cheers for mediocrity!

We have another busy weekend planned, but I'll have Lisa tell you about it on Monday. Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks as always for reading! Here's another game hint for next season:

Game Hint #2:
NASCAR fans will find the new season points format very recognizable.


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and windy conditions, temps are in the mid- to upper 40s.

Synopsis: Like I mentioned yesterday, a strong pressure gradient between an area of high pressure now to our southeast and a low pressure system to our northwest will keep things windy for a little while, but at least the wind direction is coming out of the southwest, meaning we should be quite a bit warmer today than we were yesterday, and look for that trend to continue through this weekend. Hooray!

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy and warmer, high of 72. A few more clouds to our north.

Tonight: Mostly clear and breezy, lows near 50.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and mild, not quite as breezy, highs in the mid- to upper 70s!

Sunday: Partly sunny and breezier again with an isolated shower possible, probably late in the day. Highs in the mid- to upper 70s. Rain chance 25%.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, an isolated shower isn't completely out of the question, highs in the upper 70s to near 80! Rain chance 20%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and still breezy with a better chance of showers and thunderstorms developing late. Highs in the mid- 70s. Rain chance 60%.
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely early in the day, then decreasing clouds and much colder. Highs only near 60 and in the upper 50s to finish out the week! Morning rain chance 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 90s. More wind and slightly cooler this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 80s. Isolated showers this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs upper 80s. Isolated storms on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, highs mid- 70s. Partly cloudy this weekend, highs near 80. Not too shabby.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 59 central, maybe lower 60s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 57
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 60
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 59
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 62

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 91
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91 (0.02")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 75 (0.32")


In Case You Missed It:
(Additional news research provided by Phil and Al.)

Wildfire threatens more than 2,100 buildings
Only 5 percent of 17,000-acre fire under control, officials say
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- More than 2,100 residential and commercial buildings, some worth millions of dollars, were threatened by a raging Southern California wildfire that, fueled by dry conditions, had scorched about 17,000 acres and destroyed several structures, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/30/california.wildfire/index.html

Warm climate transforms Alaska terrain
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) -- Sinking villages perched on thawing permafrost, an explosion of timber-chewing insect populations, record wildfires and shrinking sea ice are among the most obvious and jarring signs that Alaska is getting warmer as the global climate changes, scientists say.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/09/28/environment.alaska.reut/index.html


Green Bay stays ahead of the pack in Harris poll
The winless Green Bay Packers remain America's favorite National Football League team.
Support for the Packers dropped a few percentage points this year compared to last, but Green Bay for the fourth consecutive season topped the Harris Interactive poll of respondents who say they follow professional football.
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/gen/sep05/359269.asp


'Oy Vey' Traffic Sign Goes Up in Brooklyn
NEW YORK - "Leaving Brooklyn Oy vey!" That's what motorists now see as they cross the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan. The huge sign, affixed to a cross beam of the bridge high above the bustling traffic, is a sweet victory for Marty Markowitz, president of the borough, home to a large Jewish population.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050928/ap_on_fe_st/oy_vey_sign

Building Your Own Air Force, One Mig at a Time
How a supersonic speed freak snuck Soviet fighters out of Kyrgyzstan and started flying "enemy" jets for the Pentagon.
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.10/kirlin.html?pg=1&topic=kirlin&topic_set=

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 29, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:13 PM GMT on September 29, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Bowling is Back!
So a couple days ago, I got the call asking if I wanted to be a sub in last night's bowling league at Village Lanes in Little Chute. I've been a sub for the Fischer-Ulman Construction 5-man team for years now, and these guys are really good, bowling 200+ games about as easy as chewing gum and walking at the same time. I hadn't even so much as touched a bowling ball since April, so I figured I'd bowl a few 140 games, be low man on the totem pole for the team, then get out of there hopefully without getting hung too many times (hung = you put a buck in the kitty every time everyone else strikes in a frame except for you, then they split the kitty among the team and subs at the end of the season). Well, I did quite better than expected, bowling a 202, 179, then getting 8 strikes in the last game for a 236 and a 617 series. Not bad for not having bowled in over five months! Of course, I got a brief glimpse of reality when I proceeded to drop my bowling bag on my foot on my way back to the car, but it wasn't too bad and I was still pretty happy with the evening overall.

Brewers Sellout Crowd in Late September?
As previously mentioned, I'm going down to Miller Park for the Brewers game this afternoon. Every seat in the house will be filled, thanks to the 43,000+ free tickets given away by the Brewers owner (is that a first for any professional team?), but since our Thrivent Financial employee appreciation trip was planned months ago, I think we each get a free ticket to any game next April, with Thrivent already having paid for these tickets. It's a two-for-zero deal! How can you go wrong?

Game Hint #1:
Oh yeah, I was going to give you guys some hints regarding the changes for the upcoming game season. And here is hint #1: it involves the number 10. Yep. 10. So that should answer all of your questions, but just in case things aren't 100% clear, I'll give you more hints tomorrow and Monday.


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mostly sunny sky across Wisconsin and clouds in Minnesota, temps are mostly in the lower 40s.

Synopsis: A strong pressure gradient between a large area of high pressure to our southwest and low pressure to our northeast is going to keep us breezy, and an upper-air jet stream trough is going to keep us cool today before shifting north again and bringing our temperatures up with it.

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy and cool today. High of only 59 central, maybe lower 60s south. All that sunshine will make the outdoors look misleading!

Tonight: Partly cloudy, breezy and not quite as cold overnight, lows lower 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, still breezy but warmer, highs near 70. And it gets better from here!

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer, highs in the low to mid- 70s.
Sunday: Partly sunny, breezy and warmer yet with maybe an isolated shower late in the day. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s! Rain chance 20%.
Next Week's Outlook: Our next big chance for rain looks to be late Tuesday, Wednesday, and maybe some lingering showers on Thursday. Temperatures will continue to be mild, in the upper 70s to near 80, until this next big cold front sweeps through, then cold air will return for the second half of next week.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog and maybe an afternoon thunderstorm, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered morning storms, breezy, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Decreasing clouds, cooler and breezy, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 63
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 64 (0.73")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 66 (0.25")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 68 (0.25")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 73 (0.59")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 89
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 94
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 84


In Case You Missed It:

Conditions Primitive in Texas After Rita
WOODVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Five days after Hurricane Rita came ashore, conditions remained primitive in parts of Texas, where some residents were taking baths and brushing their teeth using water from the Neches River and others were sleeping in tents.
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/R/RITA?SITE=WIMIL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

New Areas of New Orleans Re-Opening
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, eager to welcome back his city's residents, says he's fighting a national impression "that we're tainted, we're not ready."
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/R/RITA_NEW_ORLEANS_HK2?SITE=WIMIL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT


Rampant fires threaten California homes
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A wind-whipped brush fire quickly doubled in size early Thursday to more than 7,000 acres, destroying at least one home and prompting evacuations from a ridge of flames that was visible for miles.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/29/california.fires.ap/index.html


Government: Effect of greenhouse gases rising
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The effect of greenhouse gases on the Earth's atmosphere has increased 20 percent since 1990, a new government index says.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/09/28/greenhouse.gases.ap/index.html

Arctic ice 'disappearing fast'
The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk for a fourth consecutive year, according to new data released by US scientists.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/science/nature/4290340.stm

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 28, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:00 PM GMT on September 28, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Somebody's Teething!
Yes indeed, we have strong suspicions that the man of the house, Bryce, has begun the teething stage of his life at just under three months of age. Why do we think so? Well, he is drooling more than usual, he has started putting his hand into his mouth at times besides when he is hungry (and when doing this, has been more fussy than usual lately), and he seems to get a little better after putting a cold teething ring in his mouth. It's a little early to begin teething but not unheard of, and it'll still be a while before you can actually see the first tooth. He's a smart kid - a few weeks ago he started intentionally grabbing and holding onto things, such as his Pooh teething blanket and the rings and toys on the toybar on his bouncer seat, and we've even caught him grabbing his pacifier after it falls out of his mouth and trying to put it back in. He likes to hold onto his bottle as you're feeding him, too, but he can't quite support it on his own yet. And if you ever let him grab one of your fingers, you'll realize he has a very strong grip!


Get Up and Get Outta Here!
Prepare to be floored - the Milwaukee Brewers, with only five games left in this 162-game season, are one game ABOVE .500! Yes, the crew has won more games than it has lost with a 79-78 record and are ever so slightly above the mediocre level. In fact, if we were in the NL West division, we'd be in the playoffs over the division leading, 78-79 and 1-under-.500 San Diego Padres. To give you some perspective, it has been 12 years since the Brewers have won more games than it has lost. Yeah, talk about horrible. I'll be at the sellout game on Thursday afternoon (ala Ferris Bueller) where we can clinch a .500 record if we win tonight and tomorrow. In another year or two, this team could actually make a serious chase at the playoffs! But how terrible for Boston, New York or Cleveland, one of which will be missing the playoffs when they each have a 92-65 record as of this morning. Personally, I'm hoping it's the Yankees watching from home!


Today’s forecast grade: C


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a line of showers and thunderstorms across northern Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota and a mostly cloudy sky elsewhere across Wisconsin, temps are in the mid- to upper 50s.

Synopsis: The line of showers and thunderstorms that was expected to roll through overnight last night and into this morning has stalled a bit, but it will eventually get here later today. Look for much cooler air to pour in from the north after the cold front passes through.

Today: Becoming cloudy and windy with showers and thunderstorms developing a few hours from now from northwest to southeast. No severe weather is anticipated. High of 63. Rain chance 90%.

Tonight: Maybe an evening thundershower southeast, otherwise decreasing clouds and colder, lows upper 30s! Rain chance this evening 30%.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, breezy and cool as high pressure moves into the Midwest. Highs only near 60.

Extended:
Friday: Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer, highs upper 60s central, lower 70s south.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs near 70 central, lower 70s south.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 70s, and next week might be mild as well. Hooray!


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, breezy, and still hot and humid. Highs mid- 90s. Ozone Action Day.
Heat advisory in effect until 7 PM CDT this evening...
The National Weather Service in League City has extended the heat
advisory for all of southeast Texas through 7 PM today.
Afternoon temperatures are expected to once again exceed record levels
this afternoon... ranging from the mid and upper 90s across the eastern
counties to 100 to 103 over the western counties. Near the coast the
actual high temperatures will be in the lower 90s. Heat indices will
reach 105 to 110 over most locations.

.. Record high temperature set at Houston intercontinental...
A record high temperature of 100 degrees was set at Houston
intercontinental yesterday. This breaks the old record of 97 set in
1953. This is also a record for the latest 100 degree temperature of
the year the previous record before this hot spell was September
19th 1956 with a 101 degree reading.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Fog, then sunshine, highs mid- 80s.
Patchy dense fog will continue across south central Indiana and central Kentucky through 9 am EDT. This fog will be most widespread across the Kentucky River Valley...the Ohio River valley...and the Salt River Valley south of Louisville. Visibilities will fall to less than one quarter mile at times. Motorists should use extra caution and allow plenty of time to reach their destination this morning. This fog will quickly thin by 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 71 central, lower 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 70
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 73
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 73
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 74

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 92 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 81
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 95
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 75


In Case You Missed It:
(Additional news research provided by Lisa, Chad and Ruth.)

Wisconsin Fall Color Conditions
http://www.travelwisconsin.com/search/FallColorReport.html


Bush asks U.S. to drive less, conserve gas
WASHINGTON, Sep 27, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- U.S. President George Bush is asking the country to drive less and save gas in the wake of two hurricanes that hurt Gulf coast production.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20050927/20050927BushasksUStodrivelessconservegas.xml&p=-1

Fresh off the "moving a car with a pea-shooter" article a few days ago, here's a team that thinks it's possible to change the weather. I am not a climate expert (I focused on short-term forecasting while in college), but I highly doubt they'd ever be able to purposely turn hurricanes around 360 degrees, like is stated in the article.
Weather Wars
http://www.weatherwars.info/index.html

Here is a great way to compare your impact on the earth (and your wallet).
Hybrid Car Gas Mileage Impact Calculator
http://www.hybridcars.com/calculator/index.php


So long, old friend.
Ask Jeeves to drop butler mascot
Site's new owner wants different image
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- The genteel butler that has been Ask Jeeves Inc.'s face for nearly a decade is getting ousted in a corporate takeover.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/09/27/ask.jeeves.ap/index.html

'Madden' bug makes NFL player tiny
Given professional athletes' penchant for ribbing each other mercilessly over even the smallest transgression or imperfection, New York Jets lineman Michael King is probably having a rough time of it these days.
Due to a bug in a recent update to Electronic Arts' best-selling football title, "Madden 2006," King can be seen in the game as a tiny, 7-inch-tall version of himself.
http://beta.news.com.com/Madden+bug+makes+NFL+player+tiny/2100-1043_3-5883301.html
http://beta.news.com.com/2300-1043_3-5883305-1.html

GameBoy has finally hit puberty. Check out the size of this fully-functional gaming machine!
GameMan
The GameMan is a fully functional 6.5 times scale GameBoy, complete with working cartridges. It is over 3 feet tall, and weighs just over 100 lbs. with a cartridge.
http://gameman.loungespot.com/play/index.html

Solar handbag lights up contents
The contents of a woman's handbag have long remained a mystery - often even to the owner - but a new design offers to shine a light on the problem. A solar-powered handbag designed by a student from Brunel University promises to make finding keys and other items at the bottom of a bag easier.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4268644.stm

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 27, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:29 PM GMT on September 27, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Rectangular Prisms!
Yes, we have two brand new rectangular prisms in our house, purchased over the last couple of weeks. We have a new curio cabinet for our living room, which is great because we're able to finally put all our little knick-knacks and statues in one convenient and pleasant-looking place. And it doubles as an additional light for the living room, which is a nice bonus.
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1070333.JPG
http://www.wgrfurniture.com/single_temp.asp?cid=9&scid=24&sku=399292

We also got a new freezer for our basement last week, courtesy of a gift from my Grandpa Pachucki (my mom's dad). This is something we've been talking about getting for a while now, because our current side-by-side refrigerator/freezer is quite small - so small that we have to take frozen pizzas out of the box before we can even fit them in! But no more! Now we have a nice big convenient place to store all sorts of frozen goods, and we've already filled it up quite a bit after a Sam's Club trip hours after the freezer arrived.
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1070360.JPG
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?BV_SessionID=@@@@0567295120.1127792164@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfdaddfkkmdlfhcegecegjdghldgfm.0&pid=04624722000&subcat=Upright+Freezers&vertical=APPL


What, no games?
You read that right. There are no games this week as we are in-between seasons. Season Four will begin on Tuesday, October 4th and feature a big rule change to make things more competitive. We also forked over $25 at Target over the weekend so we can debut a brand new game this season. I've mentioned the changes to a select few people and the response seems to be a big thumbs up, so look forward to that next week (and maybe a hint or two at the changes to come before the end of the week ). But for now, on to my main specialty, web design...errr...the forecast!


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Expect patchy fog over southern Wisconsin early this morning... especially in low lying areas and river valleys. When encountering some of these fog patches...visibilities could drop from several miles to less than a quarter mile in very short distances. Motorists should be alert for this possibility and use extra caution while traveling around the region.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am there is nary a cloud in the sky! Temps are a little cool though, in the low to mid- 40s. The cold spot is Merrill, Wisconsin, freezing at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0 degrees Celsius. Is it just me or is it sad when I can spell Fahrenheit correctly without having to look it up?

Synopsis: A rather large area of high pressure is currently located just to our southwest, centered near St. Louis. This will give us a very pleasant Tuesday, but look for a new villain in the form of a cold front currently near the Ontario/Minnesota border, that might give us some thundershowers overnight and tomorrow morning.

Today: Mostly sunny and very pleasant today, but don't get too used to the warm temperatures. Breezy at times, high of 71 central, lower 70s south.

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance of showers. Lows mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and windy with scattered thundershowers developing, mostly early in the day. It's going to get rather nippy behind the cold front as cold Canadian air begins its 7-month reign over Wisconsin. Highs only in the lower 60s and even colder on Thursday. Rain chance tomorrow morning 60%, tomorrow afternoon 30%.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy and cool, highs near 60.
Friday: Partly cloudy, breezy and a little warmer, highs 65-70.
Saturday: Partly sunny, not as breezy, highs upper 60s to near 70.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s to near 70.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated thunderstorms, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated thunderstorms, highs lower 80s.
Through 8 am...scattered rain showers will continue to affect portions of southeast South Carolina. While most of the heavy rain showers have pushed offshore...lingering light rain showers mainly east of Interstate 95 will bring rain totals of a few hundredths of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, hot and humid, highs mid- 90s, dew points near 80 (ick!). Glad to hear you guys didn't have much damage from Rita.
Heat advisory in effect until 7 PM CDT this evening...
The National Weather Service in League City has extended the heat
advisory for all of southeast Texas through 7 PM today.

Afternoon temperatures are expected to once again exceed record levels
across southeast Texas today. Actual high temperatures will range from
the mid and upper 90s across the eastern counties to 100 to 103 over
the western counties. Near the coast actual high temperatures will be
in the 90s. Heat indices will reach 108 to 115 over most locations.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 70 central, low to mid- 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 64 (0.04")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 69 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 66 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 69 (0.02")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 94
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 92 (0.01")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 95
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 76 (0.32")


In Case You Missed It:

Rita's impact: Homes splintered
Some residents asked to stay away, wait for services
(CNN) -- Emergency officials have been stunned by the damage caused by Hurricane Rita in some Louisiana parishes and in east Texas.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/26/rita.assess/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/27/rita/index.html

'Intelligent design' debate back in court
Evolution litigation dates back to 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- "Intelligent design" is a religious theory that was inserted in a school district's curriculum with no concern for whether it had scientific underpinnings, a lawyer told a federal judge Monday as a landmark trial got under way.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/09/26/evolution.debate.ap/index.html


This cradle rocks--literally
Babyhugs is looking out for exhausted parents. The Australian company has come up with a remote-controlled crib that rocks your infant to sleep.
http://news.com.com/2061-10801_3-5876053.html?part=rss&tag=5876053&subj=news
http://www.babyhugs.com.au/lullabub.html

Scientists explain the ‘Cheerio Effect’
Here’s why floating things tend to clump together
You may or may not have pondered why your breakfast cereal tends to clump together or cling to the sides of a bowl of milk. Now there is an easy explanation.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9425907/

Puppy swallows 13-inch knife
PLANTATION, Florida (AP) -- The veterinarian thought the X-ray was a joke.
Jon-Paul Carew has seen strange items get into the stomachs of dogs before, things like kebab skewers and small utensils. But a 13-inch serrated knife in a 6-month-old puppy?
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/26/puppy.swallows.knife.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 26, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 3:21 PM GMT on September 26, 2005

Good Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. Our weekend was fun and very busy with three concerts, a Packers game and a family birthday party, so needless to say, we weren't home much. Friday night, Steve stayed home with Bryce while my friend Lisa S. and I went to see country artist Keith Urban in concert at the Resch Center. It was an awesome show. All I can say is WOW. He was so entertaining and funny, and the whole show was a very big production. There were lots of lights, and he was all over the stage. At one point during the show, he even got on a trapeze swing and swung to the center of the auditorium and played on a stage that was there.

Saturday was another very busy day. We went to Waukesha for Steve's second cousin's Collin and Brenna's birthday party. It was nice to spend some time with family, and this was the first time that some of Steve's relatives have met Bryce as well. Following the birthday party, we headed back to Oshkosh to another concert. We saw a band known as the Blessid Union of Souls. I have been a fan of theirs for a long time and they just recently started touring again, and they played a very good set Saturday night. When we got home, Steve watched the Wisconsin Badgers football game on our TiVo, which he said was excellent until the TiVo cut off the game 38 seconds before the finish and about two plays before Wisconsin scored the game-winning touchdown. But although he had to find out if the Badgers won the game by opening up a Web browser, he was very happy about the final outcome.

Sunday was yet another busy day, but pretty much only for Steve. I went to church, then my mom and I went to the Fox Valley Fair (a big flea market where vendors come and sell their goods) for a couple hours in the afternoon. Then I got to spend the rest of the day bonding with Bryce. I enjoy every minute I have with him so it was nice to have an afternoon mostly free.

Steve, however, as I mentioned previously, had a very busy day. He went to the Green Bay Packers game in the afternoon with his friend Steve Lange. Although the Packers lost 17-16, courtesy of a missed extra point, field goal and a blown call by the refs, Steve said it was a very close game, and they enjoyed watching the game from their rain-free luxury box seats, which he won from Thrivent Financial. Steve also said they ate way too much food - they had everything from shredded barbecue chicken, brats, hamburgers, fruit, vegetable and dessert trays, and loads of other snacks, and of course you had to try them all. Immediately following the game, Steve and friends Jason and Nicole headed down to Milwaukee to see the band U2 in concert. I will let him tell you his review of the U2 concert.

The drive down there was ridiculous in the rain and fog, combined with everyone heading south as well after the Packers game (which was a Milwaukee ticket package game, so EVERYONE was on I-41 or I-43). It took about three hours to get to Milwaukee from Green Bay, and another half of an hour to get a parking spot and walk the 6+ blocks to the Bradley Center in the pouring rain. That 89-cent poncho was the best money I have ever spent. The concert itself was outstanding - they played for about two hours, the crowd was crazy, and their set was amazing with all sorts of cool special effects and a giant circle that went across much of the floor that they walked around regularly so people could see them better. I even bought a concert T-shirt, which went for the low-low price of only $35! Concert T-shirts are giant rip-offs, yet we still gladly fork over our money for them. Bah! I finally got home just before 2am last night, which is why I'm taking the morning off from work and am sending this weather update out after 10am.

Well that wraps up our weekend, and I don't have too much new baby news to report, except that he was 12 weeks old on Sunday, and he's growing very quickly. We are really enjoying being parents. Although it has its challenges at times, parenthood is such a rewarding experience, and I'm loving every moment. I feel we got pretty lucky though with Bryce because he's a very easy baby to love. He loves to cuddle and smile and giggle. He's such a loving and cuddly little boy, that when he smiles at you with his big blue eyes, he just makes your heart melt. Ok, I'm through rambling now and I'll let Steve get on to the forecast. But for those of you who are parents you can probably relate to what I said. Have a great week, and I'll be back next week.


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 10am with sunshine north, a partly cloudy sky central and clouds with isolated showers south, temps are mostly in the mid- to upper 50s.

Synopsis: What a cloudy, foggy and rainy day we had yesterday! The entire state of Wisconsin got some much-needed rainfall and Milwaukee set a new daily record with over 2" of rainfall (much of which landed on my poncho)! The tropical system formerly known as Hurricane Rita is knocking at our doorstep, currently centered just south of Lake Michigan. However, besides some clouds and occasional drizzle this morning south, look for sunshine to eventually conquer the day across the state as Rita moves east and high pressure moves in from the west.

Today: Clouds and occasional drizzle south, sunshine north and a few clouds central, with sunshine eventually winning out across southern Wisconsin as well. Breezy, high of 70 central, low to mid- 70s south. You know, if I wait to send this out just a couple more hours, I could just tell you what the high temperature is.

Tonight: Clear, lows in the lower 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs in the lower 70s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Scattered morning showers, cooler, highs only in the lower 60s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy and cool, highs near 60, overnight lows probably in the 30s! Brrr!
Friday: Partly cloudy and a little warmer, highs upper 60s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s to near 70..
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 65-70.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, a little breezy, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated showers, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, hot and humid, highs low to mid- 90s.
Heat advisory in effect until 7 PM CDT this evening...
The National Weather Service in League City has issued a heat advisory
for all of southeast Texas for today. Afternoon temperatures are
expected to exceed record levels across southeast Texas today. Heat
indices will reach 108 to 115 over most locations. Actual high
temperatures will reach the upper 90s in the northeastern counties...
from 100 to 103 over the western counties... and the 90s along the
coast.

A weak cold front is expected to approach southeast Texas Tuesday.
If it does so... temperatures will likely be a few degrees cooler than
today.

Relief workers assisting in the recovery efforts from Hurricane Rita
as well as other workers that are required to be outside for extended
periods of time should be sure to drink plenty of water. Your body
can lose up to a gallon of water an hour through perspiration.
Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can increase the rate of water
loss in your body... increasing the risk of heat exhaustion or stroke.
Wear lightweight... light-colored... loose-fitting clothing. Wear a hat
to shield yourself from the sun... and use a sunscreen to reduce
possible sunburn.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered thundershowers, breezy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 66 (0.51")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 73 (0.78")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 72 (2.31" - new daily record)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 75 (0.12")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 89
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 83 (0.01")


In Case You Missed It:

Texas, Louisiana tally Rita's wrath
--Cameron Parish under as much as 15 feet of water
--Up to 90 percent of homes destroyed in Cameron
--Several buildings smashed in Lake Charles
--Nearly 1 million without power in hurricanes' wake
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/26/rita/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,170359,00.html

Bono made a big deal of this at the U2 concert last night.
IRA scraps 'all arms' - monitors
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (CNN) -- The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has completely scrapped its weapons after more than three decades of armed struggle against British rule, the chief disarmament monitor for Northern Ireland has announced.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/09/26/nireland.arms/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 23, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:28 PM GMT on September 23, 2005

TGIF!

Family Feud Results
22 people played Double Points Feud yesterday (it was a little hard to find underneath all my hurricane information), but here are the results.

Topic #1: Something you would have a hard time buying for a baby if it was six feet tall
Crib (9) - 4 points
Clothes/Onezies/Sleepers (8) - 2 points
Diapers (4)
Nuk got one vote.

Topic #2: A fruit never used when making jam
Banana (13) - 4 points
Tomato (4) - 2 points
Watermelon (3)
Fig and "Poisonous ones" got one vote each.


Summer 2005 Final Point Standings (31 people played this week and 42 this season)
The top player this season will win a new weather radio (or equivalent prize if one is already owned or a previous winner).
Please verify your point total for accuracy.

Well would you believe it, we have our first defending champion! My mother-in-law Nia, who was in third place at the start of this week, managed to get 18 of 24 possible points and squeaked out a victory over season one winner Ruth and "third place" Karl, who has been third on the final points list all three seasons (very impressive!). Notice how things got really grouped up again in the end with five people in the 70s. The best score this double points week was recorded by Sue, who had a very impressive 20 of 24 week.

There won't be any games next week, but look for the Autumn season of games to begin on Tuesday, October 4th. There's going to be a big rule change for next season, which should make things a lot more interesting - I'll share details of that next week.
Nia, Appleton, WI: 79 (+18)
Ruth, Madison, WI: 76 (+8)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 74 (+10)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 73 (+18)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 71 (+18)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 67 (+18)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 65 (+16)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 65 (+20)
Greg, Madison, WI: 62 (+16)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 62 (+16)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 62 (+8)
Bethany: 59 (+12)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 59 (+12)
Becky T.: 55 (+16)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 55 (+12)
Sally: 52 (+14)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 51 (+8)
John E., Madison, WI: 49 (+10)
Linda Ha.: 47 (+4)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 47 (+16)
Brian, Madison WI: 46 (+16)
Diane Sm.: 45 (+16)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 44 (+10)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 39 (+4)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 39 (+16)
John J., Berlin, WI: 36
Al, Germantown, WI: 32 (+14)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 32 (+4)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 31 (+8)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 30
Mom: 26
Adam S.: 25
Harry: 24
Jan, Berlin, WI: 21
Kelley: 21 (+0)
Chris Ke.: 19 (+2)
John S.: 16
Rhonda: 16 (+4)
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 15
Lori: 9
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Chad, "Wandering Jew": 1



Scattergories Challenges
Interestingly enough, the only challenge on the Scattergories Challenge message board was regarding "Dead Sea Scrolls" from Wednesday's Match Game. Hmph. Well, if I allowed Dead Sea Scrolls and Bible to be the same answer, that would give Nia and Karl four more points, which would still give Nia the title and move Karl up to second place. As it is much more funny having Karl in third place for the third straight season, plus the fact that there are a lot more Bibles around than Dead Sea Scrolls, I'm going to still keep these separate and not award this answer points. If you disagree, you can let me know on the message board (link is below).

Message Board
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds in far southern Wisconsin, scattered showers in central Illinois and a mostly sunny sky elsewhere, temps are only in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Northern Wisconsin had some areas of frost overnight with lows in the 30s.

Synopsis: An area of high pressure is moving across southern Ontario and northern Minnesota this morning. This will keep the line of showers south of the Wisconsin border, but won't keep southern Wisconsin cloud-free either.

Today: Partly cloudy central, partly sunny south, and cool with a high of 66 central, upper 60s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy, lows upper 40s. I think we'll be spared the "frost" part of the forecast for a few more days yet.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds and breezy with showers and thunderstorms becoming likely later in the day. Highs near 70 central, lower 70s south. Rain chance Saturday night 65%.

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, which should make for an interesting Packers game. Not only will I be there, but I'll be sitting in the Thrivent Financial luxury box for the second straight year! (woo-hoo!) I'll be in Milwaukee for the U2 concert that evening too, so it's going to be a fun, busy day for me on Sunday. Oh yeah, that's right, finish the forecast. Highs in the upper 60s. Rain chance 70%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 60s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s.
Wednesday: Rain likely. Build an ark. Highs mid- 60s. Rain chance 50%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy and breezy at times, highs mid- 90s today and lower 90s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, then partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s. Same forecast this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Rain, wind and thunder moving in, but I think that's blatantly obvious at this point. The worst part of Rita is expected to miss you guys to the northeast and it has weakened over the last 24 hours, but the NWS is still expecting gusts up to 115mph so you're not exactly clear from the storm. Temps in the 80s.
Inland Hurricane Warning in effect until 7 PM CDT this evening...
Hurricane Warning in effect...
... Rita still a category 4 hurricane and continues to remain a
threat for southeast Texas...

... Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Upper Texas coast...

... Inland Hurricane Warning for the eastern half of southeast Texas...

... Inland Tropical Storm Warning for the western counties of
southeastern Texas...

... This statement applies to the residents of...
Austin... Brazoria... Brazos... Burleson... Chambers... Colorado... Fort
Bend... Galveston... Grimes... Harris... Houston... Jackson... Liberty...
Madison... Matagorda... Montgomery... Polk... San Jacinto... Trinity...
Walker... Waller... Washington... and Wharton counties.

... Watches/warnings in effect...
Hurricane Warning for all of the coastal counties of southeast Texas.

Inland Hurricane Warning for the eastern half of southeast Texas.

Inland Tropical Storm Warning for the western counties of
southeastern Texas.

... Current storm information...

.Location...
At 4 am CDT... the center of Hurricane Rita was located near latitude
26.8 north... longitude 91.0 west... or about 325 miles southeast of
Galveston Texas.

.Movement...
Hurricane Rita was moving northwest at 10 mph. A gradual turn
toward the north-northwest is expected during the next 24 hours. On
this track... the core of Rita will be approaching the southwest
Louisiana and the Upper Texas coasts late Friday.

.Intensity...
Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 140 mph with higher gusts.
Rita is a extremely dangerous category four hurricane on the Saffir-
Simpson scale. Only minor fluctuations in intensity are expected
during the next 24 hours.

... Precautionary/preparedness actions...

.Evacuation information...
Evacuations are currently under way. Evacuations should be complete by
noon Friday as tropical storm force winds will begin to spread
across southeast Texas in the early afternoon hours Friday.


... Storm surge flood and storm tide impacts...
tide levels are currently running 1 to 1.5 feet above normal along
the Upper Texas coast. Tide levels are expected to continue
a gradual rise today as swells associated with Hurricane Rita continue
propagating across the coastal waters. The peak flood threat will be
in the early morning hours Saturday prior to landfall.

On the current forecast track... the main surge impacts would be mainly
east of High Island. All water heights in The Table below are
predicated on this track and it should be noted that there is still
some uncertainty in the exact landfall location.

Additionally... the time range of high tides Saturday fall on both
sides of the predicted landfall... with The Tides in the early morning
hours ahead of land fall... and those late morning after landfall...
when water levels in Galveston Bay should be falling much below normal
levels under the influence of offshore hurricane force winds on the
west side of Rita.

The following are the high tide times for Friday and Saturday... as
well as the predicted water levels.

Location high tide time expected water level
relative to mean lower low
water

Pleasure Pier 1223 am CDT Sat 7.0 feet

Port Bolivar 211 am CDT Sat 6.6 feet

Galveston Channel 157 am CDT Sat 6.4 feet

San Luis Pass 148 am CDT Sat 4.7 feet

Jamaica Beach 435 am CDT Sat 4.7 feet

Morgans Point 1218 PM CDT Sat -3.8 feet

Eagle Point 551 am CDT Sat 3.6 feet

Freeport 113 am CDT Sat 5.6 feet

Clear Lake 802 am CDT Sat 1.1 feet

... Wind impacts...
tropical storm force winds... 39 mph or greater... are expected to
reach the Upper Texas coast around noon today and spread inland
to the Interstate 10 corridor by late afternoon. The tropical storm
force winds are then expected to push northward across the remainder
of southeast Texas by around midnight.

The onset of hurricane force winds are expected at the coast late
this evening. Hurricane force winds are expected to spread
inland across the eastern 1/4 portion of southeast Texas... generally
east of Interstate 45... throughout the remainder of tonight and
into Saturday morning. Assuming the Rita follows the forecast track
... Listed below are estimated maximum winds selected counties can
expect during the event.

The Table represents only the highest possible wind which may occur in
the given County (not County wide):

County sustained winds (mph) peak gust (mph)
------ --------------------- ---------------
Chambers 100 125
Polk 87 109
Liberty 104 130
Galveston 74 92
San Jacinto 77 96
Harris 70 88
Trinity 71 89
Montgomery 72 90
Brazoria 63 79
Fort Bend 60 75
Houston 63 79
Wharton 49 61
Matagorda 47 59
Brazos 54 68

An inland Hurricane Warning remains in effect for the eastern region
of southeast Texas... mainly east of Interstate 45. This means
sustained winds greater than 74 mph are possible over this area.

An inland Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the western region
of southeastern Texas... mainly west of Interstate 45. This means
that sustained winds of 39 mph are possible across this area.

... Rainfall...
rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected along the path of
Rita... mainly to the east of I-45. West of I-45... rainfall amounts of
under 4 inches are expected. Isolated heavier rainfall totals in
excess of 10 inches will be possible mainly over our far eastern
counties especially if Rita slows down.

For more tropical weather information... see the National Hurricane
Center web Page at http://www.NHC.NOAA.Gov or the Houston/Galveston
National Weather Service web Page at http://www.Srh.NOAA.Gov/hgx.

The next Hurricane Rita statement will be issued around 11 am CDT.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, a little breezy, highs mid- 80s. Partly sunny, upper 80s Saturday and scattered storms, lower 80s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 69 central, lower 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 69 (0.28")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 74 (0.60")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 75 (0.73")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 87 (0.71")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 91
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 95
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 89


In Case You Missed It:

Rita has weakened over the last 24 hours and shifted more to the north, which is good news for Galveston, League City and Pearland, but bad news for southwestern Louisiana.
Rita churns toward Texas, Louisiana
Hurricane Rita continues to spin toward the Texas-Louisiana coast, with forecasters saying the Category 4 storm could strengthen before making landfall early Saturday. Some areas of both states already are experiencing Rita's outer rain bands. As thousands of residents try to flee the storm, the Texas National Guard is dispatching tanker trucks to help motorists who have run out of gas on jammed freeways.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/23/rita/index.html
Hurricane Rita may spare Houston and Galveston; winds measured at 140 mph.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,170202,00.html
Track Rita
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200518_5day.html
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/085714.shtml?5day
Satellite Photos of Rita
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200518_sat.html
http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/g8/latest_g8ir.gif
http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/g8/latest_g8vis.gif
http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/g8/latest_g8wv.gif

And I can verify this since emails to employees that are on this weather list are getting "delayed."
Rita empties NASA Mission Control
Russian flight controllers handle Space Station
(AP) -- NASA's legendary base for astronaut training and Mission Control was empty Thursday as Hurricane Rita aimed for the Texas Gulf Coast and posed a flooding risk to Johnson Space Center in Houston.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/09/22/rita.nasa.ap/index.html

Blast a hurricane away? Forget about it!
'Like trying to move a car with a pea shooter'
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9440978/

New hurricane computer model tested
'ARW' model aims to predict Rita's intensity in greater detail
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9440977/

Gadgets to help you through a hurricane
Emergency radios, flashlights, phones, water purification
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9437489/


Many parts of Wisconsin are still under a moderate to severe drought.
U.S. Drought Monitor
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/climate/2005/droughtstatement.pdf


So how long before they have a 74-blade razor?
Gillette unveils 5-bladed razor
New system, available in early 2006, to have lubricating strips on both the front and back sides.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Gillette has escalated the razor wars yet again, unveiling a new line of razors on Wednesday with five blades and a lubricating strip on both the front and back.
http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/14/news/fortune500/gillette/
http://www.theonion.com/content/node/33930

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 22, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:28 PM GMT on September 22, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Hurricane Rita Information
On most days, I tend to be a little sarcastic when writing my morning weather updates. However, I'm going to have a hard time doing that, knowing that several people on this list live near Galveston, Texas and have packed their cars, evacuated their homes and hit the road. The report I got from my friend Steve last night was that it had taken him 7 hours to drive just under 100 miles as they head to Austin, Texas. Many gas stations had run out of gas, most stores had run out of batteries, water and other life essentials, and even cell phones were already having a hard time connecting. Thank goodness this storm isn't going to hit until late on Friday, so hopefully that will give everyone enough time to get out of harms way before this mammoth hurricane hits.

Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the United States, but this one is likely going to be equally tough to swallow. Personally, having been to Houston, League City and Galveston before, this is going to be more than just images on TV, especially knowing several of you personally that have had to pack up as many belongings as you could fit into your cars and evacuate your homes, having no idea what shape it will be in when you get back. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

My weather update emails are definitely not the best place to get updated hurricane information, especially since who knows when or if you'll be checking your email over the next few days. However, if you're checking your email from somewhere, here are some of the best links to get the most up-to-date hurricane information, ahead of the main-stream media outlets.


National Hurricane Center Web Site
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Weather Underground Tropical Weather
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/


Hurricane Rita Forecast Map
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200518_5day.html
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/023809.shtml?5day

Public Advisory
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/at200518.public.html

Scientific Discussion
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/at200518.disc.html

Satellite Map
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200518_sat.html

Strike Probability Map
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/023809.shtml?prob
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200518_strike.html

Cumulative Wind Distribution
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/023809.shtml?swath
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200518_cumwind.html

Computer Models
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200518_model.html


Match Game Results
22 people played the Match Game yesterday, and I have a feeling quite a few of you were either perplexed or didn't quite understand how the game is played. I admit these weren't the easiest sentences to play, but hey, this is double points week, so I have to bring out the challenging topics. For the first category, we were looking for something old - Bible was the #1 answer on the TV show. With the second category, we wanted something that you ordinarily wouldn't see on the normal "walk/don't walk" traffic sign. Run was #1 on the TV show as well, so at least we were consistent!

Topic #1: Jackie the comic's jokes are really old! He gets all of his jokes from the _______.
Bible (5) - 4 points
Nursing home (3) - 2 points
TV (2)
Dead Sea Scrolls (2)
Other answers: Cemetery, Movies, Stone Age, Farmer's Almanac, Museum, Comedy Channel, Internet, 3 Stooges and The Milton Burl Show (older people will get the humor in this answer)!

Topic #2: Jan said, "This town is full of physical fitness buffs! At every street corner, there's a traffic sign that says _____, Don't ______."
Run/Jog (16) - 4 points
Walk (3) - 2 points
Stop (2)
Slow Down! received one vote.


Family Feud Thursday
Similar to the Match Game, give me the most popular answer to each of the two categories below for four points each! Several people can still win the title and by tomorrow morning, we'll have a winner!

Topic #1: Something you would have a hard time buying for a baby if it was six feet tall

Topic #2: A fruit never used when making jam


Scattergories Challenges
No challenges have been made yet, but I admit the two categories were more black and white than most other categories I've had in the past. But if you want to challenge something, go ahead - the link is below.

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for a line of scattered thunderstorms over southwest Wisconsin to move across Sauk and Iowa counties through 8 am. The line of storms is moving east around 55 mph and will affect Marquette...Columbia and Dane counties after 8am. These storms may produce hail around one quarter inch...gusty winds to 40 mph...and frequent cloud to ground lightning strikes. Otherwise expect scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms over the remainder of the southern Wisconsin through 9 am this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds and scattered showers across the state and isolated thunderstorms south, temps are mostly in the mid- 60s.

Synopsis: The Autumnal Equinox arrives at 5:23pm today, and it'll really feel like the first day of fall with much cooler temperatures, along with the scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms near the cold front that is still working its way across Wisconsin this morning.

Today: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, mostly early in the day, although southern Wisconsin might see some showers lingering into the afternoon hours. High only around 69 central, lower 70s south. Rain chance 70%.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy, breezy and cool, lows in the upper 40s.

Tomorrow: Showers remain in northern Illinois, but we should remain partly cloudy, a little breezy and cool, highs in the mid- 60s central and upper 60s south.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, mostly later in the day. Highs in the upper 60s to near 70. Rain chance 30% Saturday daytime, 50% Saturday night.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially early in the day and to the south. Highs in the upper 60s. Rain chance 50%.
Next Week's Outlook: The Autumn temperature roller-coaster begins with temperatures near 70 for the first part of the week, then dropping into only the lower 60s by Thursday. Look for a chance of showers Tuesday and Wednesday.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and a couple degrees warmer, highs in the lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s.
Through 10 am...a few isolated showers and storms will continue to affect portions of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia through the mid morning hours. The heaviest rains of near one half inch will fall across extreme northern Charleston County near McClellanville...moving west into eastern Berkeley County between Jamestown and Huger. Other showers and storms will move west at 15 mph across McIntosh...Effingham...Jasper...and Beaufort counties. Occasional lightning and brief heavy downpours are expected.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Hot and humid ahead of the approaching apocalypse. Highs in the mid- to upper 90s, not that you should be there to experience that.
Inland Hurricane Watch in effect until Saturday evening...
Hurricane Watch in effect...
... Rita is a dangerous category 5 hurricane with winds near 175 mph...

... Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Upper Texas coast...

... Inland Hurricane Watch for all of southeast Texas...

... This statement applies to the residents of... Galveston...
Austin... Brazoria... Brazos... Burleson... Chambers... Colorado... Fort
Bend... Galveston... Grimes... Harris... Houston... Jackson... Liberty...
Madison... Matagorda... Montgomery... Polk... San Jacinto... Trinity...
Walker... Waller... Washington... and Wharton counties.

... Watches/warnings in effect...
Hurricane Watch for all of the coastal counties of southeast Texas.

Inland Hurricane Watch for all of southeast Texas.

... Current storm information...

.Location...
At 4 am CDT... the center of Hurricane Rita was located near latitude
24.9 north... longitude 88.0 west... or about 515 miles southeast of
Galveston Texas.

.Movement...
Hurricane Rita was moving west-northwest at 9 mph. This general
motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

.Intensity...
Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 175 mph with higher gusts.
Rita is a dangerous category 5 hurricane and fluctuations in strength
are expected through tomorrow.

... Precautionary/preparedness actions...

.Evacuation information...
For Jackson County...
mandatory evacuation has been declared for the entire County.

For Matagorda County...
mandatory evacuation in effect for everyone south of a line from
Highway 35 at the Brazoria County line to Markham then south on
Highway 2431 to Midfield and then south on Highway 111 to the County
line. This currently excludes Bay City and Van Vleck.

Although traffic has been heavy as the traffic management plan has
been implemented... traffic movement should accelerate. Do not let the
traffic delays halt your efforts to evacuate.

For Harris County...
mandatory evacuations are in effect for zone a. Zones b and c will
have mandatory evacuations beginning at 6 am.

For Galveston and Brazoria counties...
mandatory evacuations are in effect for zone a. Zone b started a
mandatory evacuation in effect at 2 am. Zone c will have a mandatory
evacuation in effect at 6 am. Pearland office of emergency management
office has issued a mandatory evacuation for those in flood prone
areas... those in Mobile homes or other non-sturdy structures... and for
those with special transportation.

Liberty County...
Liberty County office of emergency management has asked for a
voluntary evacuation for the entire County. Evacuees should travel
north on Highway 321 and Highway 146. Special needs individuals in
need of transportation should contact the Sheriffs Office.

For Fort Bend...
voluntary evacuations in effect.

For Wharton... mandatory evacuations begin at 6 am.

.School... Government... and hospital facility closings...
many independent school districts in Galveston... Brazoria...
Matagorda... Jackson... Chambers... and Harris counties are closed.

Lamar... Needville... and Fort Bend independent school districts are
closed.

In addition... all schools in the San Jacinto College district and
brazosport College are closed. Galveston County government facilities
are closed today. The Jamaica Beach office of emergency management
is closed.

University of Texas medical branch (utmb) in Galveston is closed. No
medical care will be available at utmb hospital from this point
forward.

.Storm surge and tides...
Tide levels are currently running within 1 foot of normal along the
Upper Texas coast. Tide levels are expected to gradually begin rising
later today as swells associated with Hurricane Rita begin propagating
across the coastal waters. This potential water level rise coupled
with the high tide cycle tonight and early Friday morning will likely
result in minor coastal flooding across the lowest areas along the
coast and adjacent to the bays. More significant coastal flooding is
expected to occur at the subsequent high tide cycle which will begin
Friday evening and continue into Saturday morning.

The following are the high tide times for Thursday evening and early
Friday morning... as well as the predicted water levels.

Location high tide time expected water level
relative to mean lower low
water

Pleasure Pier 937 PM CDT Thu 4.7 feet

Port Bolivar 1123 PM CDT Thu 3.9 feet

Galveston Channel 1109 PM CDT Thu 4.4 feet

San Luis Pass 1100 PM CDT Thu 3.7 feet

Jamaica Beach 147 am CDT Fri 3.9 feet

Morgans Point 930 am CDT Fri 3.5 feet

Eagle Point 303 am CDT Fri 3.4 feet

Freeport 949 PM CDT Thu 4.4 feet

Port Oconnor 451 am CDT Fri 3.6 feet

Clear Lake 514 am CDT Fri 3.5 feet

.Wind impacts...
Tropical storm force winds... 39 mph or greater... are expected to
reach the Upper Texas coast around noon Friday and spread inland to
the Interstate 10 corridor by late afternoon. The tropical storm
force winds are then expected to push northward across the remainder
of southeast Texas by around midnight.

The onset of hurricane force winds are expected at the coast by late
Friday evening. Hurricane force winds are then expected to spread
inland throughout the remainder of Friday night and into Saturday
afternoon.

An inland Hurricane Watch has been issued for all of southeast
Texas. This means sustained winds greater than 74 mph are possible
over all of southeast Texas.

The impacts for sustained winds of 70 to 90 mph with gusts 100 to 110
mph are as follows...
very dangerous winds will produce widespread damage. Destruction of
Mobile homes are likely!

Structural damage...
the majority of Mobile homes may be severely damaged. Those that
survive could be uninhabitable. Houses of poor to average
construction may receive major damage... including partial wall
collapse and roofs being lifted off. Many could be uninhabitable.
Well constructed houses may incur minor damage to shingles... siding...
gutters... and blown out windows. Up to one quarter of gabled roofs
may fail.

Partial roof failure is possible at Industrial Parks... especially to
those buildings with light weight steel and aluminum coverings. Older
low rising apartment roofs may also be torn off... as well as receiving
siding and shingle damage. Up to one quarter of all glass in high
rise office buildings may be blown out. Airborne debris may cause
damage... injury... and possible fatalities.

Natural damage...
all trees with rotting bases may uproot or snap. Nearly all large
branches should snap. Between one quarter and one half of healthy
small to medium sized trees may be snapped or uprooted.

.Rainfall...
8 to 12 inches of rain... with localized higher amounts... is expected
through the duration of the event. Inland flooding is likely Friday
night and Saturday.

For more tropical weather information... see the National Hurricane
Center web Page at http://www.NHC.NOAA.Gov or the Houston/Galveston
National Weather Service web Page at http://www.Srh.NOAA.Gov/hgx.

The next Hurricane Rita statement will be issued around 11 am CDT.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Patchy morning fog, then mostly sunny and a little breezy, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 83 central, mid- 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 84 (trace - most of the rain occurred after midnight)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 88 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 88 (0.01")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 87

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 90 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 97
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 86


In Case You Missed It:

Rita did lose 5 mph wind speed overnight, so the latest data has it at 170mph.
Hurricane Rita is history's third most intense
Texans flee as Category 5 storm churns across Gulf
GALVESTON, Texas (CNN) -- Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing inland snarled traffic on interstates and highways leading out of Houston, Galveston and other cities along the Texas coast as powerful Hurricane Rita churned towards shore.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/22/rita/index.html


Passengers saw landing drama unfold on TV
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- The airliner circled Southern California for hours, crippled by a faulty landing gear, while inside its cabin 140 passengers watched their own life-and-death drama unfolding on live television.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/22/airliner.emergency.ap/index.html

Jet fakes emergency so passengers can watch soccer
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A chartered jet carrying 289 Gambian soccer fans pretended it needed to make an emergency landing so they could watch their team compete in the FIFA Under 17 World Championships, officials said Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/09/21/fake.emergency.ap/index.html


Couple Fined For Wedding Kiss
An Israeli couple was "fined 500 Indian rupees ($11) each for embracing and kissing after getting married in a traditional Hindu ceremony in the northwestern Indian town Pushkar, the Asian Age newspaper reported Wednesday."
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/21/world/main874438.shtml

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 21, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:17 PM GMT on September 21, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Double Scattergories Results
Here are the preliminary results to yesterday's Scattergories game. 27 people played yesterday and the top two players both had an answer duplicated so everyone else who scored 8 points will move up a bit in the final standings. I love how creative you guys are getting - many of the responses also included Web links and/or text to prove that your entry was something more than just random letters typed on your keyboard.
How many of you remember playing the "Outer Space" topic once before? Yep, that one has already been used, but it was with a "S" starting letter, so it's a brand new game with each new letter!

Starting Letter: C

Topic #1: Thing(s) in Outer Space
Comet (x3: Al, Kelley, and Katie/Bart)
Corona (x2: Ruth and Tammy)
Cosmic strings
Crust
Camelopardalis (name of star)
Cruithne - http://dir.yahoo.com/Science/Astronomy/Solar_System/Comets__Meteors__and_Asteroids/Cruithne
Cordelia - Uranus' satellite
Circinus - http://www.astronomical.org/portal/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=23
Craters
Clusters
Cassiopeia
Ceres - It's one of the largest asteroids in the belt
Callisto (a moon of jupiter)
Cetus (it's a constellation)
Constellation
Cepheids
Clouds (as in Magellenic Clouds)
Canopus - A star, 650 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Carina. It is the second-brightest star in the sky.
Challenger
Cassini orbiter spacecraft
Capsule
Cameras(as mounted on the space station)
Cosmos
Coma (Ahem...when a comet nucleus nears the sun, solar energy begins to heat the ice and vaporize it. The gas flies off the comet, sometimes violently enough to break the nucleus apart and throws dust up with it...the gases form a cloud around the nucleus called the coma.)


Topic #2: Name a TV Show
Cosby Show, The (x3: Greg, Kelley, and John/Shelley)
Charles in Charge (x3: Bethany, Al, and Brian)
Car 54 Where Are You (x2: Rhonda and Linda)
Charlie's Angels (x2: Clair and Karl)
Commando Nanny - http://tv.yahoo.com/db/alpha/c.html
Chico and the Man
C.H.I.P.S.
Chicago Hope
Coupling
Columbo
Carol & Company - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098764/
Comic View
Charlie and Lola (on playhouse Disney)
Con Todo (Spanish language Entertainment Tonight kinda show)
Carol Burnett Show
Cheyenne
Cambridge Spies (BBC TV)
Clean Sweep (HGTV)
Candid Camera
Charmed
Criminal Minds


You have until Thursday at 9pm CDT to write in with any challenges!
Scattergories Challenge Message Board
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Double Match Game Wednesday
And here are two Match Game games. Playing opposite of Scattergories with no starting letter, email me what you think will be the most popular response to the following sentences. Being funny and creative is half the fun! (the other half is getting 8 points credit )

Topic #1: Jackie the comic's jokes are really old! He gets all of his jokes from the _______.

Topic #2: Jan said, "This town is full of physical fitness buffs! At every street corner, there's a traffic sign that says _____, Don't ______."
(use the same word for both blanks)


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a partly cloudy sky, temps are mainly in the mid- 60s.

Synopsis: A cold front, currently in far northern Wisconsin, will sweep through the state tonight. While the radar looks rather peaceful right now, it's expected to explode tonight with showers and thunderstorms becoming likely and continuing through tomorrow morning.

Today: Partly cloudy, breezy and mild for one last day, high of 83 central, mid- 80s south. Increasing clouds later in the day.

Tonight: Becoming cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms likely. There is a slight risk of severe weather tonight. Lows in the lower 60s. Rain chance 70%.

Tomorrow: Maybe a morning shower or thunderstorm, then decreasing clouds and cooler behind the cold front. Highs only in the upper 60s. Morning rain chance 40%.

Extended:
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s.
Saturday: Increasing clouds with scattered showers developing late. Highs upper 60s to near 70. Rain chance Saturday night 50%.
Sunday: Morning showers, then clearing and cooler, highs near 70. Morning rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs in the mid- 90s. A perfect day to evacuate the city while the gettin' out's good. Beat the rush!
... Rita continues to strengthen...
... Coastal Flood Watch issued for the Upper Texas coast...
... This statement applies to the residents of... Galveston... Jackson...
Matagorda... Fort Bend... Wharton... Harris... Brazoria... Liberty and
Chambers counties...

... Watches/warnings in effect...
a coastal Flood Watch has been issued for the Upper Texas coast for
Thursday night.

... Current storm information...

.Location...
At 4 am CDT... the center of Hurricane Rita was located near latitude
24.3 north... longitude 84.6 west... or about 720 miles southeast of
Galveston Texas.

.Movement...
Hurricane Rita was moving west at 14 mph. This general motion is
expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

.Intensity...
Maximum sustained winds were 120 mph with higher gusts. Rita is
expected to become a category 4 hurricane later today.

... Precautionary/preparedness actions...

.Evacuation information...
For Galveston and Brazoria counties... voluntary evacuation is in
progress. Mandatory evacuation of nursing homes and assisted-living
facilities will begin at 6 am this morning. On Galveston
Island... buses will be available at the island Community Center on
Broadway this morning after 10 am for persons with no other means
of transportation. If there is no significant change of Rita's track
in the next 24 hours... a mandatory evacuation of Galveston and
Brazoria counties is expected to begin at 6 PM today.

Voluntary evacuations are also in progress this evening for low lying
areas of Chambers County... Harris County... and the cities of
Houston... Seabrook and Baytown

Decisions concerning evacuations for other counties and communities
will be made today.

.School... Government... and hospital facility closings...
most independent school districts in Galveston... Brazoria... and
southern Harris counties will be closed beginning today. In
addition... all schools in the San Jacinto College district and
brazosport College will be closed beginning today. Galveston
County government facilities will also be closed beginning today.

University of Texas medical branch (utmb) in Galveston will be
closing all facilities at 8 am this morning. No medical care will be
available at utmb hospital from this point forward.

.Storm surge and tides...
Tide levels are currently running near normal along the Upper Texas
coast. Tide levels are expected to gradually begin rising on
Thursday as swells associated with Hurricane Rita begin propagating
across the coastal waters. This potential water level rise coupled
with the high tide cycle beginning Thursday evening and persisting
during the overnight hours into early Friday morning will likely
result in minor coastal flooding across the lowest areas along the
coast and adjacent to the bays. More significant coastal flooding is
expected to occur at the subsequent high tide cycle which will begin
Friday evening and continue into Saturday morning.

.Wind impacts...
Tropical storm force winds are not expected to reach the Upper Texas
coast until Friday afternoon.

.Rainfall...
No significant rainfall is expected along the Upper Texas coast
through Thursday.

For more tropical weather information... see the National Hurricane
Center web Page at http://www.NHC.NOAA.Gov or the web Page of the
National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston at
http://www.Srh.NOAA.Gov/hgx.

The next Hurricane Rita statement will be issued around 11 am CDT.
--------------------
... Coastal Flood Watch issued for Thursday night...

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal Flood Watch
for persons living along the upper southeast Texas coastline and
Bay Shore lines.

Hurricane Rita is expected to continue to gradually strengthen and
move west into the west-central Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. As this
occurs... tide levels will gradually rise during the day on Thursday as
swells begin to propagate into the southeast Texas coastal waters.
It is anticipated that tides will rise to around 2 feet above
normal by Thursday evening. This potential water level rise coupled
with the high tide cycle beginning Thursday evening and persisting
during the overnight hours into early Friday morning will likely
result in minor coastal flooding across the lowest areas along the
coast and adjacent to the bays. Significant coastal flooding is
expected at the subsequent high tide cycle which will begin Friday
evening and continue into Saturday morning. Details concerning these
potential tide levels will be given in subsequent products as the
exact track... timing... and strength of Rita in the northwestern Gulf
becomes clear.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Morning fog, then sunshine, highs mid- 80s.
... Patchy areas of dense fog across parts of south central Indiana
and central Kentucky this morning...

Patchy areas of dense fog have formed this morning across much of
south central Indiana and central Kentucky... especially in areas
near rivers or streams. Visibility in many areas will be reduced
to less than one quarter mile. As of 8 am EDT... the Lexington and
Frankfort airports were reporting one quarter mile visibilities.
Bowling Green was at one half mile in fog as of 7 am CDT... and
Huntingburg Indiana was at three quarters of a mile as of 7 am EST.

Morning commuters should be alert to sudden drops in visibility
on roadways this morning... and allow extra distance between you
and the car ahead of you. Use your low beam headlights and allow
extra time to reach your destination.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 79 central, lower 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 82
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 81
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 83

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 82 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 94
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 80 (0.11")


In Case You Missed It:

Here we go again - but this time, Galveston and Houston are in the middle of the projected path.
Hurricane Rita upgraded to Category 4
Maximum sustained winds reach 135 mph
Hurricane Rita was upgraded to a Category 4 storm today as it churned through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricanes designated Category 3 and above are considered "major" storms. Mandatory evacuations already have been ordered for New Orleans and Galveston, Texas. Rita skirted the Florida Keys on Monday as a Category 2 storm.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/21/rita/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200518_5day.html

This hurricane is not currently projected to hit New Orleans, yet they are forcing evacuations again. I guess there is the chance for some good-sized tides and maybe some new rising waters and flooding depending on the eventual track.
Louisiana braces for Rita
Officials say floodwaters now pumped out of New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Even as officials declared victory in ridding New Orleans of floodwaters, the threat of Hurricane Rita has prompted more evacuations and a request for a federal emergency declaration.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/21/katrina.impact/index.html

Meteorologists call for better storm tech
Meteorologists have excelled in forecasting the track of Hurricane Katrina and others, but they still need technological advances in storm surge prediction, experts told a congressional committee on Tuesday.
http://news.com.com/Meteorologists+call+for+better+storm+tech/2100-11395_3-5875243.html?part=rss&tag=5875243&subj=news


Google plans WiFi service
Pages on the search engine's Web site refer to upcoming product, but company declines comment.
LONDON (Reuters) - Internet search leader Google is preparing to launch its own wireless Internet service, Google WiFi, according to several pages found on the company's Web site on Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/money/2005/09/20/technology/google_wifi.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes
http://www.pcworld.com/resource/article/0,aid,122622,pg,1,RSS,RSS,00.asp
http://wifi.google.com/faq.html
http://wifi.google.com/download.html

Phones will soon be able to smell
(CNN) -- An "electric nose" that can distinguish the personal scent of an individual may begin to replace four-digit pin numbers and secret passwords within the next decade.
http://www.cnn.com/rssclick/2005/TECH/09/20/spark.electronic.nose/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Inventor denies dead cat fuel story
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- A German inventor said he has developed a method to produce crude oil products from waste that he believes can be an answer to the soaring costs of fuel, but denied a German newspaper story implying he also used dead cats.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/09/14/germany.catfuel.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 20, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:32 PM GMT on September 20, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Double Scattergories Tuesday
The season finale for season 3 begins right now! It's Double Scattergories Tuesday, which means I give you a starting letter and two topics. Email me one answer to each topic that you believe is unique enough so that it won't get duplicated. All unique answers that fit the topic get 4 points each.

Starting Letter: C
Topic #1: Thing(s) in Outer Space
Topic #2: Name a TV Show


Mmmm...Rice Cereal!
Last night we took a brave new step and fed Bryce some rice cereal right before he went to bed. They say you're supposed to start babies on rice cereal when they are 12 lbs., and Bryce is getting right around that mark (he was over 11 lbs. at his last doctor's appointment a couple weeks ago). It was the first time he had ever eaten off of a spoon, and we had some mixed results as I think his bib ate more of the rice cereal than he did! I can see why, too - Lisa decided to feed me a spoonful as well, and let me tell you, that rice cereal goop tasted more like liquid cardboard than anything else. We were also hoping that this might keep him full longer so maybe he's start sleeping through the night, but instead of waking up around 4:30am, he decided he needed to drink a full regular formula bottle around 2:30am, so there goes that idea!


Today’s forecast grade: A


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Patchy fog...with visibilities ranging from one to three miles...will linger over southern Wisconsin through 9am. Isolated areas prone to dense fog...such as the Wisconsin River Valley...may see visibilities drop to near zero. Motorists this morning are urged to be alert for rapidly changing driving conditions.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, temps are mostly around 50-55.

Synopsis: After a pretty crummy morning yesterday, things finally cleared out and we had a pleasant last couple hours of sunshine before darkness set in around 7pm. Today looks excellent with barely a cloud in the sky and the continuation of mild temperatures thanks to an upper-air jet stream flow that refuses to move south of us, like what usually happens around this time of the year. Enjoy!

Today: Mostly sunny and mild! High of 79 central, lower 80s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds with a chance of showers and thunderstorms developing late in the day. Still mild with highs in the lower 80s central, maybe even mid- 80s south. Don't get used to those temperatures, though! Rain chance tomorrow night 40%.

Extended:
Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms, breezy and cooler with highs in the upper 60s. Rain chance 50%.
Friday: Becoming partly cloudy and still cool, highs upper 60s.
Saturday: Breezy with showers and isolated thunderstorms developing again. Highs upper 60s to near 70. Rain chance 40%.
Sunday: More showers and isolated thunderstorms - will Brett Favre's team go 0-3? Highs near 70. Rain chance 50%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated thunderstorms, a little breezy and slightly cooler with highs in the lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Areas of morning fog, then partly cloudy and becoming breezy, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly this morning, highs upper 80s.
Pockets of light rain showers will continue over much of central Kentucky through at least 830 am EDT (730 am cdt). Locations such as Lexington...Cynthiana...Bowling Green...and Glasgow will see a period of some light rain during the morning commute. Watch for some ponding water on the roads. For those locations that see rain...additional rainfall amounts will average under one tenth of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 73 central, mid- to upper 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 72 (0.19")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 82 (0.28")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 81 (0.30")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84 (0.50")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 95 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 86
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 88


In Case You Missed It:
(Additional news research was provided by Phil.)

Rita nearing hurricane status
Southern Florida -- and entire Gulf Coast -- keeps watch
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- The hurricane-weary Gulf Coast is carefully watching Tropical Storm Rita as it heads for south Florida, with the warm, high-octane waters of the Gulf of Mexico beyond -- a path eerily similar to the one taken by killer Hurricane Katrina three weeks ago.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/20/rita/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200518_5day.html

Mayor halts return to New Orleans
Nagin cites concern over Tropical Storm Rita
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- With Tropical Storm Rita nearing hurricane status off south Florida, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has halted the return of residents to his storm-ravaged city.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/20/katrina.impact/index.html

Atlantic storm names may go Greek
List has only four names left for the year
(CNN) -- Forecasters could run out of names for tropical storms and hurricanes before the season ends November 30.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/19/storm.names/index.html


NASA unveils moon program
(CNN) -- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin rolled out NASA's plan for the future Monday, including new details about the spaceship intended to replace the shuttle and a timeline for returning astronauts to the moon in 2018.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/09/19/nasa.moon/index.html
http://www.space.com/news/050919_nasa_moon.html
http://exploration.nasa.gov/


TiVo copy protection bug irks users
A bug in the latest version of TiVo's operating system has some users concerned that the service's content protection mechanisms--supposedly intended solely for pay-per-view and video-on-demand content--may someday be applied to broadcast television programming.
http://news.com.com/TiVo+copy+protection+bug+irks+users/2100-1041_3-5863529.html?tag=nl
http://news.com.com/2061-11199_3-5872619.html?part=rss&tag=5872619&subj=news
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20050914-5307.html

Man breaks record for watching TV
NEW YORK (AP) -- Couch potato, thy name is Suresh.
Suresh Joachim broke the Guinness world record for the longest time spent watching TV. He finished Friday with 69 hours and 48 minutes.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/16/tv.record.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 19, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:45 PM GMT on September 19, 2005

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Our weekend was rather busy. On Friday, Steve, Lisa S. and I went to visit our friends Mae and Pat for their son Gavin's 1st birthday. Saturday, while Bryce was staying with his Grandma Nia, Steve and I went to the Wisconsin Timber Rattler Midwest League minor league baseball championship game. They haven't won the championship since they were the Appleton Foxes back in 1984, so it was a pretty big and important game. Although the Rattlers lost, we were very proud that our home team made it as far as they did. We had a good time, and it was nice to spend some time together. Sunday, we went to church followed by an afternoon at the Bridge Bar in Fremont watching one of my favorite local country bands, Buffalo Stomp. It was also very nice as always seeing some of our friends, who are like family to me. I won't name any names because I believe you all know who you are. We then spent Sunday evening bonding with Bryce and watching the Emmys.

Well, I believe that wraps up our busy weekend, but we also have a little baby update. Bryce has had a few more firsts this weekend. First of all, he can now roll over onto his tummy. He has not yet mastered how to get from his tummy back to his side or back, but we think he'll figure it out very soon. He also seems to smile and giggle more than ever, and while on my lap Sunday evening, he even made a noise which sounded very much like "mama." Whether it was random noise or he meant to say it, we'll never know, but it surprised both Steve and I when he said it. Bryce has also figured out how to reach up and take his daddy's glasses off of his face, and then he proceeds to giggle afterwards. Well, that's all for my update. Have a great week.


Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Yes, today is September 19, which means it's that time of the year again to make your neighbors and coworkers laugh and talk like a pirate! I'm not going to write my entire forecast in piratese like I did last year (I do admit that was rather fun), but I do encourage each and every one of you to at least get in a good "Arrr!" at some point today. Jokes about bung holes and poop decks are also strongly encouraged.
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html


Today’s forecast grade: D


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered to numerous strong thunderstorms will move across south central and southeast Wisconsin from 615 am through 715 am. The leading edge of the showers and thunderstorms will start to affect the Milwaukee...Kenosha...Port Washington and Plymouth areas...and will continue across Madison...Beaver Dam...Janesville and Monroe. Wind gusts to 40 mph and small hail are possible with these thunderstorms. In addition...these thunderstorms are producing frequent vivid cloud to ground lightning. The strongest thunderstorms will affect the Monroe...New Glarus... Argyle and Brodhead areas. Heavy rainfall of one to two inches may result in some minor street flooding and ponding of water. Head indoors should these thunderstorms approach your location.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: Ahoy! At 7am, showers and thunderstorms cover almost t' entire state o' Wisconsin. Temps be mostly in t' low t' mid- 60s

Synopsis: Blimey! A warm fore be movin' through central Wisconsin this mornin', associated with an area o' low presaye in Iowa. Look for t' rain and lightnin' t' continue this mornin', then eventually become more scattered and taper out by the time ye sun falls below the earth.

Today: Avast! Der she blows, matey! Scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially this mornin', but only far southeastern Wisconsin be under t' slight risk category for severe weather. You might see a break o' sunshine close t' sunset, otherwise look for a cloudy afternoon with t' storms eventually movin' out from west t' east. Breezy at times with a high o' 73 central, mid- t' upper 70s south. Rain chance pretty much 100%, Aye!

Tonight: Becomin' partly cloudy, lows lower 50s. Time to weigh anchor and get goin'!

Tomorrow: Arrr! Partly cloudy and warmer with a good chance o' challengin' games above me forecast, me land lubbers, highs upper 70s central, near 80 south. A real beauty, me hearties, aye!

Extended:
Wednesday: Increasin' clouds with more showers and thunderstorms developin' late. Shiver me timbers! Highs upper 70s central, near 80 south. Rain chance Wednesday night 35%.

Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, cooler highs lower 70s central, mid- 70s south. Rain chance 45%. Be careful mateys or you'll be feeding the fish in Davy Jones' locker!

Friday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated shower south, cooler highs upper 60s central, near 70 south. Rain chance 25%.

Saturday: Begad! Partly sunny with more showers and thunderstorms developin', me bucko, probably later in t' day but who knows, since me be just a local buccaneer. Highs low t' mid- 70s. Rain chance 30%.

Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs low t' mid- 70s. Rain chance 40%. Yo ho ho and a bottle o' rum! Ok, I couldn't resist, so I threw my forecast into the English-to-Pirate translator and added a few more bits of lingo just for fun.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Areas of fog this morning, then becoming partly cloudy with isolated showers possible. Highs mid- 80s.
Shallow coastal flooding around time of high tide this morning...
Widespread fog will continue throughout the early morning hours. With visibilities as low as a 1/4 mile in patchy areas. Travelers use low beam headlights and take caution when out on the roadway. The fog is expected to burn off between 9 and 10 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs in the lower 90s. Keep an eye on Tropical Storm Rita - the current trajectory has it becoming a major hurricane and making landfall in Houston on Saturday. See below for more info.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Morning fog, then partly sunny and warmer. Highs upper 80s. Thunderstorms tonight. So are you back from Florida now?
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 75
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 81
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 79
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 81

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 93
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 79


In Case You Missed It:

Due to warm Gulf of Mexico waters, this tropical storm is expected to gain strength further and perhaps hit near Houston on Saturday.
Tropical Storm Rita gaining muscle
Hurricane warning issued for southern Florida
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/19/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200518_5day.html


Lisa's cousin and Weather Update reader Jodi is quoted on page two of this article from the Washington Post.
Free registration may be required to read the article.
Strays Of Hope
For Pet Owners, Animal Shelters Offer Chance to Find Lost Friends
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/14/AR2005091402623.html

One of Lisa's other cousins, Shana, completed the Ironman Wisconsin a week ago, which is, get this, a 2.4 mile swim, immediately followed by a 112 mile bike ride, which is then followed by a 26.2 mile marathon run! She completed it in 16.5 hours, and it would probably have taken me a week to do it!
Ironman Wisconsin
http://liveupdate.ironmanlive.com/ppv/athlete.php?rid=59&bib=1878


The Rattlers lost 4-0 in the championship game, but it was still a great season for the team.
Midwest League title just out of Rattlers’ reach
http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/timberrattlers/archive/trats_22643793.shtml
http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/timberrattlers/archive/trats_22647850.shtml
http://www.timberrattlers.com/press/pressdetails.aspx?recid=589

I think this calls for a big group hug!
N. Korea agrees to give up nuclear program
Joint statement calls for security, energy assurances
BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Nearly three years after ordering U.N. nuclear inspectors out of the country, North Korea Monday agreed to give up its entire nuclear program, including weapons, a joint statement from six-party nuclear arms talks in Beijing said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/09/19/korea.north.talks/index.html

And once again, 24 gets nominated but doesn't win.
'Raymond' goes out on top
'Lost' wins best drama
(CNN) -- "Desperate Housewives" may have had all the attention, but "Everybody Loves Raymond" won the big award -- best comedy -- at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/18/emmy.night/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 16, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:44 PM GMT on September 16, 2005

TGIF!

Championship Baseball...in Wisconsin?
Yes you heard that right. And no, I'm not talking about the Milwaukee Brewers, even though the crew are at the best September record they've had in 12 years with 73 wins and 73 losses (we're mediocre, hooray!), are 5 games out of the NL Wild Card spot and would make the playoffs if we were in the NL West instead of the NL Central. No, I'm talking about the (Appleton) Wisconsin TimberRattlers minor league baseball team, which is down 2-1 in a best of 5 series for the Midwest League Championship, playing the last two games here in Appleton tonight and tomorrow (if necessary). How often do you get to see winning baseball in Wisconsin? Go cheer 'em on!


Mad Gab Results
Yesterday's Mad Gab was harder than usual! Only 17 responses and seven correct answers for the first Mad Gab! According to the rules, if less than half of the submitted answers get it right, those that did get a bonus point. So congrats to those seven - you'll see a little something extra in your stocking below.

Gab #1 (7/17): Newt He Fish Hoe =
New TV Show
Incorrect guesses: New official, Not official, Knew the official and Naughty for show. You have to pronounce the "T" in "Newt" for this one to make sense.

Gab #2 (17/17): Awe Hey Spy Mice Hide =
Always by my side

Bonus Points:
2: Bethany (8:20am)
12: Karl (4:32pm)


Summer 2005 Point Standings (33 people played this week)
The top player this season will win a new weather radio (or equivalent prize if one is already owned or a previous winner).
If you would like your city/state listed next to your name, send me an email with the information!
Please verify your point total for accuracy.
* = received a bonus point.
+ = Got Mad Gab #1 correct for a bonus point.

Tuesday's Match Game was arguably the toughest one yet! I think for the first time ever, nobody got all four points, and Lisa, Scott/Ann and Sue were the only three people to get THREE of the four possible points. Sue had the best week overall with an additional three points from yesterday's Mad Gab, bringing her score to 6 of 8 possible points this week. Next week is the season finale - bring your "A" game and remember to check in Wednesday for a third set of games! 13 people are not mathematically eliminated from winning the Season 3 Championship, but of course everyone is always welcome to play!
Ruth, Madison, WI: 68 (+5)+
Karl, Appleton, WI: 64 (+4)*
Nia, Appleton, WI: 61 (+5)+
Dan, Henderson, NV: 55 (+5)+
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 54 (+5)+
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 53 (+2)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 49 (+2)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 49 (+4)
Bethany: 47 (+4)*
Clair, Fremont, WI: 47 (+3)+
Greg, Madison, WI: 46 (+1)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 46 (+2)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 45 (+6)+
---The above are still mathematically alive in the Chase for the Championship---
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 43 (+1)
Linda Ha.: 43 (+2)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 43 (+3)
Becky T.: 39 (+0)
John E., Madison, WI: 39 (+2)
Sally: 38 (+4)+
John J., Berlin, WI: 36 (+0)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 35 (+2)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 34 (+0)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 31 (+3)
Brian, Madison WI: 30 (+1)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 30
Diane Sm.: 29 (+1)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 28 (+1)
Mom: 26 (+2)
Adam S.: 25
Harry: 24 (+0)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 23 (+1)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 23
Jan, Berlin, WI: 21 (+0)
Kelley: 21 (+1)
Al, Germantown, WI: 18
Chris Ke.: 17
John S.: 16
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 15
Rhonda: 12 (+0)
Lori: 9 (+2)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Chad, "Wandering Jew": 1



Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few clouds, especially southeast, temps are around 50-55.

Synopsis: Well, those clouds and showers that the models expected to stay in Illinois didn't. Instead, they pushed north through much of Wisconsin and gave us some unexpected cloudiness, cooler temperatures, and some showers across parts of southern Wisconsin. So sorry about that - definitely not an "A" forecast in any way, shape or form. As for today, the system is moving east, so besides some morning cloudiness across parts of southeastern Wisconsin, I think we'll see that sunshiney day we were supposed to get yesterday.

Today: Morning clouds southeast, otherwise partly cloudy and very pleasant. Really, I mean it this time. High of 73 central, mid- 70s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows near 50.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s.

Sunday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated thunderstorm, but not nearly as widespread as the models were thinking yesterday. Highs upper 70s central, near 80 south. Rain chance 20%.

Next Week:
Monday: Scattered showers, cooler, highs upper 60s to lower 70s. Rain chance 40%.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, highs near 70.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late, highs lower 70s. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs lower 90s. Highs near 90 this weekend with less wind.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs near 90 but mid- 90s inland. Isolated showers and thunderstorms tonight and this weekend, highs in the upper 80s.
Near record high temperatures today...
... Heat index 100 to 105 degrees in most areas away from the
immediate coast this afternoon...
The combination of near record high temperatures in the mid to
upper 90s... with moderate levels of humidity will result in the
heat index between 100 and 105 degrees in most areas away from the
beaches this afternoon.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 90s. Isolated storms Saturday, dry Sunday, highs low to mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy at times, highs lower 80s. Partly sunny and a little breezy this weekend, highs mid- 70s Saturday and lower 80s again on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 74
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 68
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 71
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 68 (0.22")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 70 (0.34")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 92
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 86 (trace)


In Case You Missed It:
(Additional news research provided by Steve L. and Ruth)

Ophelia weakens off North Carolina
Tropical storm heads northward off East Coast
SALTER PATH, North Carolina (CNN) -- Still spinning in the Atlantic off the North Carolina coast and pounding outlying islands with rain, winds and powerful surf, Tropical Storm Ophelia had weakened slightly early Friday and was expected to continue doing so, forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/16/ophelia/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200516.html

Bush: Katrina victims 'not alone'
President Bush has pledged to put the full might and money of the federal government behind the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast and vowed to its people that "in the journey ahead, you are not alone." In a televised address from New Orlean's historic French Quarter, Bush outlined plans for the region's recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/16/bush.main/index.html

And this comes as a major shock to...well, nobody.
NOAA: Katrina most destructive U.S. storm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hurricane Katrina has become the most destructive such storm ever to strike the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/15/katrina.worst.storm.ap/index.html


And who says going to baseball games is expensive?
I was already planning on going to this game through a work Employee Appreciation Day.
Brewers thank fans with free tickets
Regular season finale on Sept. 29 against Cincinnati
PHOENIX -- It's nearly last call, and the final round is on Mark Attanasio.
Attendance is up at Miller Park for the third straight season, and the Milwaukee Brewers' new owner is saying thanks in an innovative way. Beginning today, Brewers fans can reserve up to eight free tickets for the home regular season finale on Sept. 29 against Cincinnati.
http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20050915&content_id=1210964&vkey=news_mil&fext=.jsp&c_id=mil

As previously mentioned, championship baseball in the city of Appleton!
Rohrbaugh Silences Silver Hawks to Force Game Four
FOX CITIES STADIUM -- The Rattlers will play again in 2005. Down 0-2 in a best-of-five Championship Series, Wisconsin Timber Rattler starting pitcher Robert Rohrbaugh pitched eight shutout innings and struck out seven to keep a potent South Bend Silver Hawk line up off the board. Chris Colton drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning to force in the winning run in a 1-0 Timber Rattler victory in Game Three.
http://www.timberrattlers.com/press/pressdetails.aspx?recid=587
http://www.timberrattlers.com/press/recapdetails.aspx?recid=445


A game controller that looks and feels like a remote control. Wow - I'm definitely a little skeptical about this one.
Nintendo's revolution-ary plans
Game maker unveils the key to its next generation video-game machine.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – Ending months of speculation, Nintendo has begun to unveil the 'revolutionary' aspects of its next generation video-game system - code-named Revolution.
http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/15/commentary/game_over/revolution/index.htm


I gotta get me one of these!
The "Work Blind" Curtain
http://www.livejournal.com/users/tongodeon/311999.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 15, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:23 PM GMT on September 15, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Mad Gab Thursday

Gab #1: Newt He Fish Hoe

Gab #2: Awe Hey Spy Mice Hide

Bonus Points: 2, 12, 22


There's nothing more in the intro today - someone's being a little fussy this morning...not to mention any names, but the first letter of his name starts with a "B".


Today’s forecast grade: A


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, temps are mostly in the mid- 40s. There's a chill in the air this morning!

Synopsis: We are right now in-between systems with high pressure off to our north and a new area of low pressure to our northwest. We also have a near-zonal (flat) flow in the upper-air jet stream. What does that mean for us? Probably another day very similar to yesterday with lots of sunshine and maybe a couple degrees warmer as the cooler northwest wind we had yesterday will be more calm today.

Today: Partly cloudy and very nice today! Northern Wisconsin and also Illinois will see more clouds and some showers today, but we should be right in-between those two systems. High of 74 central and maybe a degree or two warmer south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy and a little breezy, highs upper 70s to near 80. Looks like the rain originally expected Saturday night might now hold off until Sunday afternoon.
Sunday: Becoming mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered thundershowers developing later in the day. Highs mid- 70s. Rain chance 40%.
Next Week's Outlook: Maybe a morning shower on Monday, otherwise dry until Thursday. Things look to cool-down again for the first part of the week behind Sunday's cold front with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s. I think it might get a little warmer than that for the later part of the week, but we shall see!


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, slightly warmer, highs in the lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs near 90.
Near record high temperatures today and Friday...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing like usual, breezy at times, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day, highs near 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 72 central, low to mid- 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 70
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 74
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 73
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 76 (0.16")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 90
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 91
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 84


In Case You Missed It:

The hurricane that won't go away
Ophelia hammers North Carolina coast
Hurricane Ophelia is sitting just off the Carolina coast with 85 mph winds, heavy rain and a punishing surf. The storm is only moving at 6 mph, meaning Ophelia could batter the area for another day. "Unfortunately it's moving so slowly, it's gonna take it all night and most of the day tomorrow before it really clears the Outer Banks," said National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/15/ophelia/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200516.html

Despite their lack of scientific evidence used when making their annual forecasts, the Farmer's Almanac claims an 80% success rate.
'Polar coaster' due this winter, Farmers' Almanac predicts
Long-range forecasts predict an early start for cold and nasty weather this year. But is such a faraway forecast just "throwing darts" at the weather map?
http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/5583750.html
http://www.thederrick.com/stories/09132005-2008.shtml
2005-2006 U.S. Winter Weather Map
http://local.lancasteronline.com/4/16473
Buy it online!
http://store.almanac.com/cgi-bin/73DEF781/mac/qryitems.mac/itemDisplay?qryType=GRPGO&grp=WEATHE


And I'll be riding on both of these next month when I travel to Atlanta for a week for an IBM WebSphere Portal Administration class.
Delta, Northwest file for bankruptcy
Spike in jet fuel sparks filings, putting almost half of U.S. airline capacity in Chapter 11.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The airline industry's five-year financial crisis came to a head Wednesday evening as Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, two of the nation's largest carriers, both filed for bankruptcy.
http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/14/news/fortune500/bankruptcy_airlines/index.htm?cnn=yes

Again? Haven't we already been there, done that, made fun of it, then rejected this?
Federal judge declares Pledge unconstitutional
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- A federal judge declared Wednesday that the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional, a decision that could potentially put the divisive issue back before the U.S. Supreme Court.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/09/14/pledge.ruling.ap/index.html


A new twist on power walking
"Carrying a newly designed backpack loaded with between 44 and 84 pounds of gear, users generate enough electricity to simultaneously power an MP3 player, a PDA, night vision goggles, a handheld GPS, a CMOS image decoder, a GSM terminal in talk mode, and Bluetooth."
http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/node/8874/
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/09/09/0622248

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 14, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:50 PM GMT on September 14, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

More Firsts for Bryce!
Bryce is making progress every single week, it seems! In addition to being able to hold his head up a little better (still a work-in-progress), we caught him reaching for his rattle, gripping it, then shaking it a little bit a few days ago. He's starting to hold his bottle in place when being fed (again, still a work-in-progress), he's sleeping a bit more overnight, waking up for the first time between 4:30-5:30am now, and just this morning Lisa discovered that he had not only rolled through the little foam triangle wedge in his crib (which is supposed to keep him in place), but that he was on his tummy this morning! He'll be crawling out of his crib any day now!


Match Game Results
31 people played the Match Game yesterday, and here are the results which were a little bit more varied than usual! The top eight players all got two or less points, so if you did well, you closed the gap between yourself and the lead! With next week's season-finale three-game double-points week, many of you can still win this thing!

Game #1: ______ speaking
Public (9) - 2 points
Generally (6) - 1 point
Frankly (5)
Strictly (3)
Relatively (2)
Other answers: Guest, Stop, Spanish, Figuratively and Hypothetically.

Game #2: Computer ________
Geek (6) - 2 points
Virus (5) - 1 points
Program (4)
Games (4)
Glitch (2)
Literate (2)
Other answers: Desk, Monitor, Repair, Chip, Programmer, Science, Nerd and Screen.


Today’s forecast grade: A


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, temps are in the mid- to upper 50s.

Synopsis: What a storm yesterday! Almost the entire state, at one point or another, was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, and there was plenty of lightning, wind, rain and small hail to go around! Many of the wind gusts reported were around 60-80 mph, which is about the top wind speed that Hurricane Ophelia is dishing out just off the Carolina coast! We're in for a big change today as cooler, dryer and less-humid air moves in behind yesterday's cold front, and high temperatures in the 70s look to stick around for a while.

Today: Mostly sunny and much cooler as high pressure moves into the region, high of 72 central, low to mid- 70s south. And who names their kid Ophelia, anyway?

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows mid- to upper 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 70s.

Extended:
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Saturday: Increasing clouds and winds with a chance of showers late, highs mid- 70s. Rain chance 30%.
Sunday: A chance of thundershowers, highs mid- 70s. Rain chance 35%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs in the upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Ophelia is to your northeast now, so you're back to normal with a partly cloudy sky, still a little breezy, highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated showers and thunderstorms today, breezy at times, highs lower 90s.
Through 9 am...scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue moving north at 10 to 15 mph across the coastal waters. Most of the precipitation will dissipate as it nears the coast... though a few cells may push 10 to 15 miles inland.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered thunderstorms developing, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 83, mid- 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82 (0.95")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 86 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 90 (0.08")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 94 (0.01")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 87
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 85


In Case You Missed It:

Carolinas brace for Ophelia
Residents warned to prepare as outer bands lash coast
(CNN) -- North Carolina's governor urged residents of low-lying areas and coastal islands to head for safer ground Tuesday, as Hurricane Ophelia loomed in the Atlantic, threatening the state's southeastern corner with heavy rains and strong winds that could last for up to two days.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/14/ophelia/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200516.html

Man dies, 100,000 lose power
Storm packing winds up to 80 mph lashes southeast, Fox Valley
We Energies calls outages second worst in its history
A Wauwatosa man was killed and more than 100,000 households and businesses in eastern Wisconsin were without power Tuesday after hurricane-force winds hit some areas.
Severe thunderstorms brought 70 mph winds and heavy rains Tuesday to the Fox Valley, cutting power to thousands and downing power lines, trees and buildings.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/sep05/355648.asp
http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/news/archive/local_22587699.shtml


Growing land bulge found in Oregon
PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) -- A large, slow-growing volcanic bulge in western Oregon is attracting the attention of seismologists who say that the rising ground could be the beginnings of a volcano or simply magma shifting underground.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/09/13/oregon.bulge.reut/index.html

Greenland gets warmer, and glaciers retreat
Arctic nation is part of climate change debate
ILULISSAT, Greenland - The gargantuan chunks of ice breaking off the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and thundering into an Arctic fjord make a spectacular sight. But to Greenlanders it is also deeply worrisome.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9255431/&&CE=3032492

Water crisis looms as Himalayan glaciers melt
NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) -- Imagine a world without drinking water.
It's a scary thought, but scientists say the 40 percent of humanity living in South Asia and China could well be living with little drinking water within 50 years as global warming melts Himalayan glaciers, the region's main water source.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/09/09/himalayan.glaciers.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 13, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:57 PM GMT on September 13, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Match Game Tuesday
The new week of games begin right now! I played the sentence version of Match Game last time, so here are two phrase versions of the game. Just like the feud, give me the most popular one-word answer that fits each phrase below. Four points are available, but more importantly, have fun!

Game #1: ______ speaking

Game #2: Computer ________


Fantasy Football
Well the first week of fantasy football is over, and it didn't go over so well for me. I lost the first week in both of my leagues and my starters from both leagues only had one TD combined! Not so good! I have decent teams, but I think I just had some bad luck this opening week. I'm tied for second in the Pigskin Pick'em group I mentioned earlier in these updates, so that's at least a little better.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered showers and thunderstorms can be expected across south central and southeast Wisconsin through 9am. Through 8 am...the strongest thunderstorms are expected across Waukesha...Milwaukee... Walworth...Racine and Kenosha counties. A brief period of heavy rain...gusty winds to 35 mph and dangerous lightning can be expected with a few of these storms. This activity is expected to diminish later this morning and redevelop again this afternoon and evening.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms moving through southern and eastern Wisconsin and a mostly cloudy sky elsewhere across the state, temps are already in the low to mid- 70s.

Synopsis: A cold front, currently near eastern Minnesota, western Iowa and into west-central Oklahoma is developing the scattered showers and thunderstorms mentioned above plus more down to our southwest. Look for a break in the action shortly with more scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day, some of which could be severe. Will this be the last severe weather chance of the year in Wisconsin? Who knows, but just be thankful it's not snowing yet!

Today: Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms this morning, then mostly cloudy, warm, humid and breezy with more scattered thunderstorms developing later this afternoon and this evening. There is a slight risk of severe weather today. High of 83 central, mid- 80s south, dew points near 70 (rather humid). Rain chance 50%. Normal high for today is 71 central, 72-73 south. This has definitely been one of the warmest summers in Wisconsin recorded history - even the high temperatures for the rest of this week will be slightly above normal!

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms early this evening, some of which could be severe, then decreasing clouds overnight. Still breezy with lows mid- 50s. Rain chance 70% this evening.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and cooler, highs only in the lower 70s. Refreshing!

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.
Saturday: Increasing clouds and breezy, scattered thunderstorms developing late, highs low to mid- 70s. Rain chance Saturday night 40%.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs low to mid- 70s. Rain chance 35%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers, quite windy, highs low to mid- 80s.
Wind Advisory in effect until 8 am EDT Wednesday...
High risk of rip currents...
Tropical Storm Ophelia is forecast to meander well off the South
Carolina coast this morning before moving north later this
afternoon into tonight. As Ophelia passes east of the area...
northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with a few gusts to 45 mph are
expected to develop across much of coastal Colleton... Beaufort and
coastal Jasper County later today and continue through tonight as
Ophelia passes about 140 miles east northeast of Beaufort. Winds
will begin to diminish Wednesday morning as Ophelia moves away
from the region.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs near 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Morning fog, then sunshine, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 88, near 90 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 84
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 89
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 90 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 90

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 86
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 85 (0.13")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 87


In Case You Missed It:
(Additional news research provided by Ruth.)

Tropical Storm Ophelia is still expected to hit the Carolinas sometime tomorrow.
Ophelia weakens, but Carolinas still on alert
WILMINGTON, North Carolina (AP) -- Ophelia kept up its teasing dance along the coast of the Carolinas on Tuesday, dropping slightly in strength from hurricane to tropical storm as it barely moved toward land.
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200516_5day.html

Controlling Hurricanes
Can hurricanes and other severe tropical storms be moderated or deflected?
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=000593AE-704B-1151-B57F83414B7F0000


If I had a nickel for every time I've done something like this...
Oops! Worker's goof blacks out half of L.A.
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- About 700,000 electric customers in Los Angeles lost power Monday afternoon after a worker mistakenly cut a wrong line, triggering a cascade of problems in the city's power grid, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/12/la.power.outage/index.html

Looks like the Food Network has a blunder as well. This episode about New Orleans will air probably some time in late Sept. or early October.
Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels: New Orleans
Rachael’s in the Big Easy to give her top Tasty Travel picks! Rachael tastes that New Orleans flavor at Jacques-Imo. Next, she gets a tour through Mardi Gras World. Then it’s cajun dancing and dinner at Michaul’s. Rachael ends her travels at Restaurant August, elegant, unique dining at affordable prices.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_ry/episode/0,2677,FOOD_23076_39723,00.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 12, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:50 PM GMT on September 12, 2005

Good Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. I also hope you all took a moment to remember the lives lost on 9/11/2001. I think that will be a day that most of us will never forget. I also think most of us remember where we were and what we doing on that tragic day. Our weekend was fairly uneventful until Sunday when Steve and I, along with my mom (Nia) travelled to Waukesha for my sister-in-law Bethany's bridal shower. We had a nice time and ate lots of good food. Bethany and Kyle, we wish the best to you in your future, and Steve and I are very honored that you asked us to be in your wedding. It truly means a lot to both of us. While my mom and I enjoyed Bethany's shower, Steve took Bryce to visit his grandparents Leo and Ione, which would make them Bryce's great grandparents. Steve said that they really enjoyed seeing him and spending time getting to know him. Sunday was also Grandparents Day, so it was very fitting that Steve took Bryce to meet his Great Grandparents for the first time. Happy belated Grandparents Day to all of you on this list who are grandparents. Well, that wraps up our weekend. Have a great week.


Tape-Delay Game Rule
Ok, I'm going to suggest a new rule for those times when you're running around and have to tape/TiVo a sporting event, then watch it later when you get home. If the good team plays pitifully and it's not worth watching, someone please tell me the score despite my desperate pleas not to. And no, I'm not a Temple Owl fan (65-0 - hehe!), but boy did the Packers look terrible yesterday, losing 17-3! But on the bright side, with me fast-forwarding through the game, I only lost just over an hour of my life instead of 3+ hours.


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a partly cloudy and hazy sky and scattered thunderstorms in Minnesota, temps are mostly in the mid- to upper 60s.

Synopsis: After a hot and somewhat humid weekend, we can enjoy one more day of mild temperatures before a cold front brings relief in the form of showers and thunderstorms, and eventually cool temperatures.

Today: Partly sunny, breezy, hazy and still hot. High of 88 central, again near 90 south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance of thundershowers developing. Lows upper 60s. Rain chance 50%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs lower 80s central, mid- 80s south. Rain chance 50%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Maybe a morning shower, then decreasing clouds and temperatures. Highs low to mid- 70s.
Thursday: Partly sunny and cooler, highs only in the upper 60s to near 70.
Friday: Maybe an isolated shower late, otherwise partly sunny, highs near 70. Rain chance 20%.
Saturday: Isolated showers, highs low to mid- 70s. Rain chance 25%.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs low to mid- 70s. Rain chance 35%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and a little breezy, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, breezy, highs mid- 80s.
High risk of rip currents...
A high risk of rip currents exists for the beaches of far southern
South Carolina and north coastal Georgia today as Hurricane
Ophelia draws closer to the South Carolina coast. A high risk for
rip currents means that wind and or wave conditions support
particularly dangerous rip currents. Rip currents are life
threatening to anyone entering the surf.

Rip currents are strong narrow channels of water that flow away
from the beach. If you become caught in a rip current... remain
calm. Try to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the
force of the current... begin to swim back to the beach. Do not
attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong
swimmer can become exhausted quickly.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, a little breezy at times, highs near 90.
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue to develop over the Gulf and coastal counties and move northwest at 25 mph. The heaviest rainfall is expected to fall across Jackson... Matagorda...and Brazoria counties where isolated areas could receive an inch of rain. Elsewhere...amounts should be around 1/4 inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Interesting to note that every place I forecast for was between 86-91 with no rain yesterday.
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 88
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 91
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 91
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 90

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 88
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 86
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 88
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 88


In Case You Missed It:

This unpredictable hurricane is currently projected to hit North Carolina on Wednesday as a category-1 hurricane.
Hurricane Ophelia taunts Carolinas
With Katrina in mind, residents wary of slow-moving storm
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/12/ophelia.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200516_5day.html

Parts of Wisconsin are still under severe drought conditions!
U.S. Drought Monitor
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html


UW's Tight End Owen Daniels, who caught 3 touchdown passes in Saturday's 65-0 victory, is also an Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences major, which is the same degree I obtained in 1998.
What a hoot!
Owls endangered from start
Madison - Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez could not have scripted a better day.
After enduring a tense struggle in the season opener, Alvarez was able to relax and watch the Badgers utilize more of their retooled passing game, get a horde of freshmen and seldom-used reserves valuable playing time and escape without any major injuries in a 65-0 decimation of Temple on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
http://www.jsonline.com/badger/fb/sep05/354842.asp

D'oh!
'Price is Right' rerun offers New Orleans trip
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0909price-is-right09-ON.html
http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/09/Worldandnation/TV_show_s_prize__A_tr.shtml

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 9, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:22 PM GMT on September 09, 2005

TGIF!

Wheel Answers

Puzzle #1 (19/24):
H E A V Y -
D U T Y
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE BDVI
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2 (23/24):
B R E A K
T H E
B A N K
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDKO
Point Value: 1


Summer 2005 Point Standings (31 people played this week)
The top player this season will win a new weather radio (or equivalent prize if one is already owned or a previous winner).
If you would like your city/state listed next to your name, send me an email with the information!
Please verify your point total for accuracy.

Quite a few people scored a perfect week: Ruth, Karl, Sharon, Greg, Sally and Diane. Nice going guys! There are only two more weeks left in this season, but with 31 points still up for grabs, it's anyone's game!
Ruth, Madison, WI: 63 (+7)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 60 (+7)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 56 (+6)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 51 (+7)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 50 (+6)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 49 (+4)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 47 (+5)
Greg, Madison, WI: 45 (+7)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 45 (+5)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 44 (+5)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 44 (+4)
Bethany: 43 (+5)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 42 (+6)
Linda Ha.: 41 (+3)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 40 (+2)
Becky T.: 39 (+6)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 39 (+3)
John E., Madison, WI: 37 (+2)
John J., Berlin, WI: 36 (+6)
Sally: 34 (+7)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 34 (+4)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 33
Jason, De Pere, WI: 30
Brian, Madison WI: 29 (+4)
Diane Sm.: 28 (+7)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 28 (+6)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 27 (+4)
Adam S.: 25
Harry: 24 (+2)
Mom: 24
Nicole, Madison, WI: 23 (+4)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 22 (+3)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 21 (+5)
Kelley: 20
Al, Germantown, WI: 18 (+1)
Chris Ke.: 17
John S.: 16
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 15
Rhonda: 12 (+0)
Lori: 7
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Chad, "Wandering Jew": 1


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for patchy fog over south central and southeast Wisconsin until 9am. A few spots had dense fog below 1/4 mile...especially near the Monroe area south of Madison. While most areas have just light fog...motorists should be on the lookout for any patchy fog with reduced visibilities.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a partly cloudy sky and a few patchy areas of fog, temps are mostly near 60.

Synopsis: High pressure is off to our northeast and a nearly-stationary frontal boundary is off to our west. Look for a few clouds to move into Wisconsin from Minnesota within the next few hours, but things should stay dry. 3 of the 4 weather model graphics never ran this morning so I'm looking at almost 24-hour-old data, but the forecast isn't too hard to figure out today.

Today: Sunshine early this morning mixed with a few areas of fog, then becoming partly sunny and a little breezy as mild winds start to kick in from the south. Warmer with a high of 78 central, just above 80 south, but you haven't seen anything yet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows low to mid- 60s.

Saturday: Partly sunny, breezy and becoming hot and humid. Highs mid- 80s central, near 90 south, dew points near 70 (rather humid).

Sunday: Partly sunny, breezy, hot and humid, highs near 90! Dew points near 70 again (rather humid). And yes it's almost the middle of September.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, very warm and humid, chance of thunderstorms late. Highs mid- 80s. Rain chance Monday night 30%.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs near 80. Rain chance 40%.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, cooler, highs near 40. Just kidding - highs mid- 70s. Rain chance 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy and "cooler", highs only in the mid- 90s. Highs near 90 by Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated showers, otherwise partly cloudy and breezy, highs mid- 80s. Same forecast this weekend.
High risk of rip currents through this evening...
A high risk of rip currents is expected once again today at the
beaches of south coastal South Carolina. A high risk of rip currents
means that wind and or wave conditions support particularly
dangerous rip currents. Rip currents are life threatening to anyone
entering the surf.

Rip currents are strong narrow channels of water that flow away from
the beach. If you become caught in a rip current... remain calm. Swim
parallel to shore. Once you are away from the force of the rip
current... begin to swim back to the beach. Do not attempt to swim
directly against a rip current. Even a strong swimmer can become
exausted quickly.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms, hot and humid, highs mid- 90s, Ozone Action Day. Similar forecast this weekend with highs in the lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 74 central, mid- to upper 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 70 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 76 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 75
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 80

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 86
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90



In Case You Missed It:

Voluntary Evacuations Almost Complete
Rescuers comb New Orleans for holdouts and corpses; Bush signs $51.8 billion relief bill
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168864,00.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/09/katrina.evac/index.html

Ophelia could threaten Florida
(CNN) -- Tropical Storm Ophelia, churning off the east coast of Florida, briefly intensified to hurricane status before weakening slightly and being downgraded early Friday, although forecasters warned the storm may restrengthen in the next day or so.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/09/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200516_5day.html

Katrina puts shuttle plans in disarray
NASA officials not ready to give up on spring launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- With two space shuttle facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina and hundreds of workers left homeless, NASA is reassessing the prospects of launching another shuttle mission next year.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/09/08/space.shuttle.ap/index.html


Apple Introduces iTunes 5
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050907/sfw111.html?.v=9
http://www.apple.com/itunes/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 8, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:23 PM GMT on September 08, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Wheel of Fortune Thursday!
The last set of wheel puzzles for this season are below. 3 points are possible - enjoy!

Puzzle #1:
_ E _ V _ -
D _ T _
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE BDVI
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2:
_ R E _ K
T _ E
_ _ N K
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDKO
Point Value: 1


The NFL Begins Tonight!
Today is your last day to get into my free ESPN NFL weekly team pick'em game. Go to the link below, register, then join our group by 8pm tonight! It's hard to believe but the NFL season starts tonight!
http://games.espn.go.com/pigskin/frontpage
Group name: Cheesehead League
Password: cheesy


A Recipe for Conversation
Here is a quick recipe for how to get a conversation started with Bryce, the new man of the house.
1. Obtain eye contact.
2. Retain eye contact. Easier said than done.
3. Stick your tongue out at him. This often gets him to smile as long as steps 1 and 2 are performed previously.
4. Put it back, then a few seconds later, stick your tongue out at him again. Repeat this step until he begins to make a "coo" noise.
5. Repeat his "coo". Funny faces while mimicking his "coo" are a plus.
6. If done correctly, he should begin to "coo" back at you. If not, repeat steps 3 through 5. Often, you'll have to repeat steps 1-2 as well.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 as desired. Laughing at this sillyness is optional but makes the whole experience more fun.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Central Wisconsin:
patchy dense fog will slow travel for awhile today... Clear skies and wet ground allowed patchy...dense fog to form overnight over much of central and northern Wisconsin. Visibilities in some areas are less than a quarter of a mile. The fog should dissipate between 8 am and 9am. Until then...slow down and use low beam headlights.


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and areas of dense fog, temps are mostly in the lower 60s. It's cooler up north though, with Eagle River currently at 36! Brrr!

Synopsis: Ok, so there was a slight difference in temperatures and precipitation depending on if you live in central or southern Wisconsin. The soaking rain that was expected to move through southern Wisconsin yesterday afternoon chose to move a bit north and hit central Wisconsin instead. This kept central Wisconsin high temperatures in the lower 70s, and it cooled into the 60s during and after the storm, while southern Wisconsin stayed hot ahead of the cold front with highs in the upper 80s to near 90! I know that autumn is approaching fast, but I didn't think it got dark at 2pm quite yet!

Today: Cloudy with areas of fog this morning. A few breaks in the clouds later this morning with a chance of showers and thunderstorms west and south later in the day. High of 74 central, mid- to upper 70s south. Rain chance southwest 25%.

Tonight: Scattered thundershowers this evening south, otherwise mostly cloudy, lows upper 50s. Rain chance south 35%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated shower central and north tomorrow night, highs upper 70s central, lower 80s south. Rain chance central 25%.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, breezy and mild, highs in the mid- 80s central, upper 80s south!
Sunday: Partly cloudy, still very mild, highs again in the mid- to upper 80s!
Next Week's Outlook: Things look to start off warm and dry on Monday, but then I expect scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms Tuesday through Thursday. Highs in the low to mid- 80s Monday and Tuesday, then dropping back into the 70s after that.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs around 100. Secure your pool cover!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers, breezy, highs low to mid- 80s.
High surf advisory in effect until 9 PM EDT this evening...
High risk of rip currents through this evening...
The combination of high pressure to the north and Tropical Storm
Ophelia off the Florida coast... will keep a tight pressure
gradient across the area through this evening. This will
result in continued strong northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph... which
in turn will continue generating waves of 4 to 6 feet near shore.

The prolonged nature of this event will make significant beach
erosion quite possible. The highest risk of erosion will be a few
hours either side of high tide... which will occur around noon
today. Locations most likely to experience significant beach
erosion are Folly Beach... Edisto Beach... Hunting Island and Tybee
Island.

In addition to the rough surf conditions... dangerous rip currents are
expected again today. The long shore current is also expected to
be very strong... providing yet another hazard to anyone who enters
the water. Always heed the advice of lifeguards or the beach
patrol. Pay attention to flags and signs posted near beach access
points and lifeguard stations.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated afternoon thunderstorms, highs lower 90s, Ozone Action Day.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: What do you care, you're in Florida!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 78, lower 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 73 (0.38")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 88 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 90 (0.04")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 88 (0.02")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 83


In Case You Missed It:

The water gives up its dead
Receding floodwaters in a suburban New Orleans parish revealed what many fear could be the first of many such discoveries -- more than 30 bodies in a nursing home that was swamped in Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Meanwhile, there are reports that 25,000 body bags have been sent to the state.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/08/katrina.impact/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168756,00.html

The only tropical storm that might affect the U.S. is Ophelia, currently nearly-stationary off the northern Florida coast.
Tropical tumult sees no letup
Two hurricanes, tropical storm in Atlantic
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/08/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200516_5day.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200515_5day.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200514_5day.html

Hurricane evacuees won't be sent to Wisconsin
FEMA tells state most will be relocated closer to the Gulf Coast region
http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/sep05/353872.asp

Gas in Appleton dropped back down to $2.999 yesterday, after being $3.099 earlier. Who would have thought I'd smile over $2.999/gallon gas prices?
$3 gas -- is it here to stay?
http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/07/news/economy/three_dollar_gas/index.htm

Ford recalling 3.8 million trucks, SUVs
Trucks and SUVs recalled for switch that could cause fires. Also, Toyota recalls nearly a million.
NEW YORK (CNN) - In one of the largest recalls in the history of the auto industry, Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling approximately 3.8 million pickup trucks and SUVs for a cruise control switch that has caused engine fires, even with the vehicle parked and the engine off.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/AUTOS/09/07/ford_recall/index.html



General Poll:
Have you or will you be doing something to assist people impacted by Hurricane Katrina?
Yes
No
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 7, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:03 PM GMT on September 07, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Bryce's Stats
As mentioned yesterday, Bryce got to go to the doctor to get his 2-month checkup and four different shots yesterday morning. And boy did he not particularly care for the shots! He got over it though, and wasn't fussy for too long thanks to the baby Tylenol we gave him. Bryce's updated stats...drumroll please...he was 24" long and weighed 11 lbs 1 oz.! This put him in the 84th% for length and 30th% for weight for infants his age, which means he's going to be a tall, skinny guy.

Family Feud Results
28 people played the feud yesterday, and the results are below. And yes, if you read Friday's game-closing comments, I goofed up the order of games this week. I'll have Match Game and Mad Gab next week and Wheel of Fortune tomorrow.

Topic #1: Besides Katrina, name a Hurricane.
Andrew (17) - 2 points
Camille (6) - 1 point
Ivan (3)
Hugo (2)

Topic #2: Something people might have to run to catch
Bus (14) - 2 points
Football/Pass/Baseball (6) - 1 point
Airplane (4)
Train (2)
Taxi and Lunch (food) got one vote each.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with isolated showers in northern Wisconsin, a more serious-looking blob of showers and thunderstorms in southern Minnesota, and just a variably cloudy sky elsewhere, temps are mostly around 65-70.

Synopsis: A very slow-moving cold front is still trying to move through Wisconsin, and while it prances along, look for more clouds and a better chance of showers today and tomorrow before high pressure and another beautiful, mild weekend forecast kicks in.

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms developing, particularly across southern Wisconsin. High of 78 central, lower 80s south. Rain chance 30%.

Tonight: A mix of clouds and stars, lows upper 50s.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds with a better chance of showers and thunderstorms developing late in the day. Southern Wisconsin is under the slight risk category for severe weather. Highs mid- 70s. Rain chance tomorrow night 40%.

Extended:
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 70s.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, breezy and mild, highs near 80 central, lower 80s south
Sunday: Partly cloudy and mild, highs lower 80s central, mid- 80s south. Normal high is 73 central, 74-75 south.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 100 again but in the mid- 80s by Sunday!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers, breezy, highs lower 80s.
High surf advisory in effect until 9 PM EDT this evening...
High risk of rip currents today...
gusty winds across the lowcountry and coastal Empire... gusty northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph will continue across much of south coastal South Carolina and north coastal Georgia through 930 am. Drivers...especially those driving high profile vehicles...are encouraged to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel this morning. Winds will be especially high on the elevated bridges across the Charleston...Beaufort and Savannah Metro areas.

The combination of high pressure to the north and Tropical Storm
Ophelia off the Florida coast... will keep a tight pressure
gradient across the area through tonight. This will result in
continued strong northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph today... which
in turn will continue generating waves of 4 to 8 feet near shore.

Since these waves will be generally migrating parallel to
shore... significant beach erosion is possible. The highest risk of
erosion will be a few hours either side of high tide... which
occurs around noon today.

In addition... dangerous rip currents are expected again today. The
long shore current is also expected to be very strong... providing
yet another hazard to anyone who enters the water. Always heed
the advice of lifeguards or the beach patrol. Pay attention to
flags and signs posted near beach access points and lifeguard
stations.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, a little breezy, not quite as humid, highs low to mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, highs in the mid- 80s. And the forecast for Tampa, Florida is calling for scattered showers and thunderstorms each day, highs 85-90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 83 central, mid- 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 85
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 88
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 87

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 101
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 83 (0.11")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 83


In Case You Missed It:

Holdouts face forcible removal
Mayor orders police to enforce evacuations
Poll: Most Americans doubt city will fully recover
Political finger-pointing continues in earnest
Louisiana likely to destroy Superdome, official says
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/07/katrina.impact/index.html

Tropical Storm Ophelia threatens Florida
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/07/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200516_5day.html

Bob Denver of 'Gilligan' fame dies at 70
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/06/denver.obit.ap/index.html


General Poll:
Have you or will you be doing something to assist people impacted by Hurricane Katrina?
Yes
No
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 6, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:09 PM GMT on September 06, 2005

Happy Tuesday,
This is Lisa with our weekend update, and I hope you all had a great long Labor Day weekend. We had a very nice long and mostly relaxing weekend, as we spent most of our weekend at home. We were able to catch up on some things and spend some good quality time together with Bryce. We also took a few walks around the neighborhood with Bryce and Kozmo. I actually have a nice extended weekend and I don't have to go to work until Thursday, so I'm really looking forward to spending even more quality time with Bryce.

Bryce is growing up so fast. He was 2 months old on Saturday (pictures are here). He is almost able to roll over onto his stomach! He can roll over onto his side, but once he's there he tries really hard to roll over onto his stomach but his elbow seems to get in the way, preventing him from rolling over. Bryce also is getting a tighter grip and can hold onto a rattle for a short time before he lets go. But if you give him one of your fingers, he'll hold onto it really tight! He's got a strong grip! He's not sleeping through the night quite yet, but he averages about 6 hours of sleep from about 10-11pm until 4-5am, so it's not too bad. Bryce has his two-month doctor's appointment this morning, which means he'll be getting his first shots. Poor guy! He received the Vitamin K and Hepatitis shots while we were in the hospital. It won't be a pleasant experience for him, but we'll give him Infant Tylenol to make it a little easier for him. Well that wraps up our weekend and baby updates, have a great week.


NFL Pigskin Pick'em!
ESPN Pigskin Pick'em is back for 2005 - join our annual free weekly NFL pick'em league! The first game is Thursday so make sure you login and make your first week's picks by then! You are allowed three entries, but please only enter one into this group. Pass this along to anyone else you know that would like to join our group! You can enter with the same instructions, group name and password as in previous years. Any questions, let me know. Enjoy!

http://games.espn.go.com/pigskin/frontpage
Group name: Cheesehead League
Password: cheesy


Family Feud
It's rare where the weekend recap and the first day of games happens in the same intro, but alas, here it is. Give me the most popular answer to these two topics, and you don't even need to start your answer with a particular letter!

Topic #1: Besides Katrina, name a Hurricane.

Topic #2: Something people might have to run to catch


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky with a few showers across central and western Wisconsin, temps are already 65-70.

Synopsis: A very slow-moving cold front, currently located in Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas, is developing a line of showers and a few thunderstorms across western Wisconsin, southern Minnesota, and Iowa. Look for this to give us a rather gloomy day today, which is ok since most of us will be at work anyway and are coming off some outstanding weather this Labor Day weekend. Usually on Labor Day it goes the other way around!

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms developing slowly from west to east today. There is a slight risk of severe weather across the northwestern half of Wisconsin today. Still mild with a high of 83 central, mid- 80s south. Rain chance 30%.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, lows lower 60s. Rain chance 35%.

Tomorrow: Sorry to say, but more of the same as the cold front stalls. An even better chance of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, a little cooler as the front passes by, highs mid- to upper 70s. Rain chance 60%.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated shower, highs mid- 70s. Rain chance 20%.
Friday: Scattered showers, highs mid- to upper 70s. Rain chance 30%.
Saturday: Isolated showers, breezy and mild, highs near 80. Rain chance 20%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, breezy and still mild, highs in the lower 80s. This summer doesn't want to end!


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 100, but not for long!
A dramatic shift to Fall-like weather is expected for the end of
the week...

After a few more days of quiet weather and slightly above normal
temperatures... a series of strong Fall storm systems will cause an
abrupt shift to a more Fall-like weather pattern for the end of the
week.

The timing of each system is still a little uncertain... but
right now the first system is expected to drop down the West Coast
and strengthen as it moves into northern California on Thursday. A
second system... expected to be larger and stronger than the first
one... is then forecast to drop to off the coast of Oregon and
northern California on Saturday. Each of these storm systems will
bring an increase in winds... and cool temperatures over the region.

Winds will become breezy on Thursday as the first system
approaches... then increase to windy for the weekend as the second
system begins to move onshore. Timing and strength are still a little
uncertain with this second system... but wind gusts may approach 40
mph over a widespread area for Saturday and Sunday.

Much cooler air will also settle in for the weekend... with forecast
temperatures 10 to 15 degrees cooler then they were on Labor Day.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated showers, breezy, highs lower 80s.
High risk of rip currents today...
Strong northeast winds up to 25 knots along with rough seas and
small swells will support the development of dangerous rip
currents along the beaches today. In addition... the long shore
current will be quite swift... posing another hazard to anyone who
enters the water.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms, breezy, hot and humid, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
Through 730 am...scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue to form offshore and move inland across the coastal zones. Rainfall amounts will average a tenth to a quarter of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 84
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 88
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 88
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 87

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 100
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 82


Hurricane Coverage:

Levee patched, streets secure
Repair crews patch ruptured 17th Street levee
Pumps restart, but full drainage three months away
Troops help bring order back to streets
Some insist on staying in squalid city
Officials: 10,000 may be dead in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath; rescue crews still searching
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/06/katrina.impact/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168528,00.html


At one point this also was a category-5 hurricane.
Thousands flee from typhoon Nabi
Floods, landslides paralyze southern Japan
TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- A powerful typhoon pummelled southwestern Japan with torrential rain and high winds on Tuesday, causing floods and landslides, paralysing transport and prompting officials to tell more than 100,000 people to flee their homes.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/09/06/japan.typhoon.reut/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/wp200514.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 2, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:13 PM GMT on September 02, 2005

TGIF!

Scattergories Results
Two people challenged the two words below, but while I did see their point, I also saw a definition that could each fit a hurricane. If you don't agree, let me know on the message board!

Developable = Challenge denied, two points awarded. (Capable of being developed. To come gradually into existence or activity.)
Disconsolate = Challenge denied, two points awarded. (adj. 2. Cheerless; gloomy: a disconsolate winter landscape.)

TriBond Answers

TriBond #1 (24/27): A Baseball Diamond, A Guitar Shop, The Military =
They have bases
Other answers: strings, pitches, pentagon, and stands was offered as another possible solution.

TriBond #2 (23/27): Wolves, Cigarettes, Gum =
They come in packs
Other answers: they can all hurt your jaw, stick

Bonus Points:
5: Linda (9:20am)
15: Clair (3:59pm)
25: Karl (10:42pm)


Summer 2005 Point Standings (34 people played this week)
The top player this season will win a new weather radio (or equivalent prize if one is already owned or a previous winner).
If you would like your city/state listed next to your name, send me an email with the information!
* = received a bonus point this week
Please verify your point total for accuracy.

Congrats to my step-dad-in-law Karl, who cut the lead in half and scored a perfect week! Honorable mention goes to Dan, Sharon and Barb, who had perfect weeks outside of the random bonus point. There are only three more weeks in this current summer game season! Look for the Match Game and Wheel of Fortune next week, Family Feud and Mad Gab the following week, then a final big double-points splash to end the summer season. Can Ruth hold onto her lead and become the first to win two seasons?
Ruth, Madison, WI: 56 (+4)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 53 (+7)*
Nia, Appleton, WI: 50 (+4)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 45 (+2)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 44 (+6)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 44 (+6)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 42 (+6)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 40 (+4)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 40 (+2)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 39 (+3)*
Bethany: 38 (+3)
Greg, Madison, WI: 38 (+2)
Linda Ha.: 38 (+5)*
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 38 (+2)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 36 (+2)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 36 (+3)
John E., Madison, WI: 35 (+4)
Becky T.: 33 (+4)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 33 (+4)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 30
John J., Berlin, WI: 30 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 30 (+4)
Sally: 27 (+4)
Adam S.: 25 (+2)
Brian, Madison WI: 25 (+2)
Mom: 24 (+2)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 23
Harry: 22 (+0)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 22 (+4)
Diane Sm.: 21 (+1)
Kelley: 20 (+0)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 19
Nicole, Madison, WI: 19 (+2)
Al, Germantown, WI: 17 (+4)
Chris Ke.: 17
Jan, Berlin, WI: 16 (+2)
John S.: 16 (+2)
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 15 (+0)
Rhonda: 12
Lori: 7
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Chad, "Wandering Jew": 1


This Labor Day weekend, while everyone goes on their final summer fling, we instead are taking the 3-day weekend and doing absolutely nothing. Yes, you read that right. Nothing. No trips planned, no money spent, and if I have my way, the car won't even leave the garage. And I can't wait! Have a great holiday weekend everyone and thanks as always for reading!


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds in far northern Wisconsin and a mostly sunny sky elsewhere in the state, temps are in the upper 50s to near 60.

Synopsis: A weak cold front that moved through yesterday morning still isn't that far away from us, in Michigan and Illinois, but the associated area of low pressure in eastern Ontario is big enough where it'll still keep us a little breezy this morning. A big ol' happy area of high pressure is building in behind the front though, so you can get used to seeing blue sky during your day.

Today: Mostly sunny and breezy this morning with decreasing winds later today. High of 77 central, near 80 south.

Tonight: Clear, lows lower 50s.

Saturday: Morning sunshine with a few afternoon clouds. Highs in the mid- to upper 70s. Saturday is a big day - it's UW's first football game of the year, and it's also Bryce's 2-month birthday! My how time flies!

Sunday: Partly cloudy, maybe a little breezy, highs mid- 70s central, upper 70s to near 80 south.

Labor Day: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs upper 70s central, lower 80s south.

Next Week:
Tuesday: Becoming mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late. Highs upper 70s. Rain chance Tuesday night 35%.
Wednesday: Maybe a morning shower, then decreasing clouds, highs mid- 70s. Morning rain chance 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, near 101 today and upper 90s by Sunday and Monday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs mid- to upper 80s through much of next week.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 90s. Same for Saturday, dry Sunday and Monday.
Through 10 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop over the coastal waters and the adjacent coastal counties and move northward. Rainfall totals will average a tenth to a quarter of an inch...with isolated totals to half an inch possible.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, highs mid- to upper 80s today and low to mid- 80s this weekend
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 77, near 80 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 83
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 82
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 85

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91 (0.12")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 84


Katrina Coverage:

BATTLE FOR NEW ORLEANS
Military moving in
• Mayor blasts feds: "They are spinning and people are dying"
• Governor: Troops 'know how to shoot and kill'
• Large explosion reported in city's railroad district
• Houston's Astrodome full, turns away refugees
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/02/katrina.impact/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168269,00.html

Major developments in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/02/katrina.glance.ap/index.html

For more detail on the above stories:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/01/katrina.hospital.sniper/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/02/katrina.response/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/01/katrina.congress/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/01/katrina.recovery/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/01/katrina.fema.brown/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/01/katrina.trapped.tourists.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/01/katrina.people/index.html

Katrina reignites debate over global warming
(AP) -- Hurricane Katrina's fury has reignited the scientific debate over whether global warming might be making hurricanes more ferocious.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/09/01/katrina.warming.ap/index.html


Study: Ozone layer has stopped shrinking
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The ozone layer has stopped shrinking but it will take decades to start recovering, U.S. scientists reported on Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/08/31/ozone.layer.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 1, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:41 PM GMT on September 01, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lisa's cousin and weather update reader, Jodi, who got activated by FEMA and is being sent down to New Orleans to help with the disaster recovery efforts. I'm tempted to give you 50 points just for what you're doing to help in this time of incredible need.

Scattergories Update
Only two of yesterday's entries were challenged: Developable and Disconsolate. If those were yours, you'd better get out there and defend your answers! I'll be counting up the points during the Packers game so get your comments in by this evening.

Also, I missed a duplicate in yesterday's list. Thanks for the honesty, Becky T.!
Dirt (x2: Max and Becky T.)

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


TriBond Thursday
What do these three things have in common? Email me the correct answers for one point a piece, and if you respond in one of the three lucky spots, you could even get a third point today. You have until 7am tomorrow morning to get in your answers.

TriBond #1: A Baseball Diamond, A Guitar Shop, The Military

TriBond #2: Wolves, Cigarettes, Gum

Bonus Points: 5, 15, 25


August 2005 Forecast Stats:
Forecasts 23
Error Points 51
Average 2.22
Error > 4 2
% Within 4 91%
Bulls-Eye 3
% Bulls-Eye 13%


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and wind mixed with a few clouds in parts of Wisconsin, temps are mostly in the lower 60s.

Synopsis: Can you believe that today is the first day of September? That means today is the first Meteorological day of fall! How exciting. But it'll still feel like summer for a while courtesy of a large area of high pressure moving in behind the weak cold front that came through overnight. Look out for that wind though - it'll blow your hat right off!

Today: More sunshine than clouds, but it's also going to be windy today. High of 77 central, near 80 south.

Tonight: Mostly clear and still breezy, lows lower 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and not as breezy, highs mid- to upper 70s.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Sunday: Partly sunny, a little breezy, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Next Week's Outlook: Maybe some rain on Wednesday, otherwise next week looks very similar to this week with highs near 80 in the first half and dropping into the lower 70s for the second half.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs just over 100.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 80s. Like usual.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms, hot and humid like usual, highs mid- 90s. Ozone Action Day.
Through 9 am...isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop in and around the Galveston Bay area and remain nearly stationary. Spotty rainfall amounts of 1/4 to 1/2 inch can be expected in the stronger storms.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 76 central, upper 70s to near 80 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 75
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 79
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 75
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 80

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 100
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 90 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 82 (0.32")


Katrina Coverage:

FLEEING A DROWNED CITY
-Evacuees arriving in Houston
-Death toll nears 200 in Mississippi
-Bush: "One of the worst natural disasters"
-Grave concerns about cholera and typhoid
-New Orleans police halt rescue efforts to stop looters
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/01/katrina.impact/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168112,00.html

Superdome refugees to come to Astrodome
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167926,00.html
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20050831/20050831SuperdomerefugeestocometoAstrodome.xml&p=-1

Where to turn for information, how to help
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/30/katrina.advice.us/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167683,00.html

Benefits for hurricane victims
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/08/31/katrina.concert/index.html

Bush warns: No gouging
Bush expresses 'zero tolerance' of price gouging in interview as prices spike above $3 a gallon.
http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/01/news/bush_gas.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168003,00.html
Expert: Gas to hit $4 a gallon
http://www.cnn.com/money/2005/08/31/news/gas_prices/index.htm?cnn=yes

Mayhem hampering hospital evacuations
Ambulance workers working in fear, company head says
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/31/katrina.hospitals/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,168001,00.html

Bush tells victims: 'A lot of help coming'
Cabinet-level task force will coordinate relief efforts
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/08/31/bush.katrina/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167908,00.html

Public health threat looms in coming days
Experts: Dehydration, contaminated food will be common dangers
http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/08/31/katrina.public.health/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167969,00.html

New Orleans tries to plug breaches
Feds fan out in storm recovery efforts across Gulf region
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/31/katrina.recovery/index.html

Harrowing tales of loss emerge in Katrina's wake
Deteriorating conditions are difficult for survivors to bear
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/31/katrina.people/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/31/scene.blog/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167407,00.html

Katrina Prompts Global Support for Victims
"Islamic extremists rejoiced in America's misfortune, giving the storm a military rank and declaring in Internet chatter that "Private" Katrina had joined the global jihad, or holy war. With "God's help," they declared, oil prices would hit $100 a barrel this year."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/hurricane_katrina_world_hk4;_ylt=Arx5M_sW_sJ8eyiCIi8vfzes0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--

Meteorologists: It Could Have Been Worse
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1083373&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

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